We’re into the final stretch now but we’ve still got plenty of musical treats up our sleeve between now and Christmas Eve, starting with a double helping of downloads behind window 21 today.
Our first track is an exclusive from Peckham Soul-gaze quartet Videocean, whose highlights of the year included collaborating with Sea of Bees on luminescent single ‘On Your Own’, appeaing on excellent Youtube series Margo’s Living Room and playing a gig on a boat on the Thames.
They’ve provided us with an unreleased track, ‘Above All’, of which the band say “It’s not particularly festive but it is quite an icy song, dealing with the advancement of time and all the claustrophobic, paranoid feelings that come with it, such emotions often felt at that time of the year once the festivity gloss peels away.”
Download ‘Above All’ (right-click to download)
Track two of today’s double portion of free music comes from Kate Arnold, who we first came across at the Brixton Hill Studios AGM all-dayer at The Windmill. Combining live-looped violin and hammered dulcimer with vocals in a variety of ancient and medieval languages as well as in English, it’s a fair jump from our usual realm and all the more refreshing for it.
Kate will release her new single ‘For Barely One in a Thousand (The Practice of Lights)’ with a video which you can watch below, which will be followed by her first solo EP Rota Fortunae I in 2020. We have an alternative version of one of the EP tracks for you to download today, ‘The Wind and I Must Sing (Bare Bones)’, of which Kate says “It is based on a 12th-century song by Beatriz de Dia, a trobairitz (female troubadour), called ‘A chantar m’er de so qu’ieu no volria’ (‘I must sing about something I’d rather not’) in which she complains about being ghosted by her fella. The EP version will be a bit different, so this one is exclusive to the Joyzine Advent Calendar. It is played entirely on violin with live looping and effects.”
You can keep up to date with upcoming gigs and releases by signing up to the mailing list on katearnoldmusic.com or by following her on Facebook. Previous releases can be found on her solo Bandcamp page and that of her band Fear of the Forest.
Download ‘The Wind and I Must Sing (Bare Bones)’ (right-click to download)
All of the tracks on The Joyzine Advent Calendar are completely free to download without any need to sign up, and if that fills you with the spirit of giving, why not make a donation to our chosen charity Crisis to help with the excellent work they do supporting homeless people in Britain.
Check back every day until Christmas Eve for more free festive musical gifts or check the links below to catch up on what you may have missed so far.
Day One: Oh! Gunquit
Day Two: Vodun
Day Three: West Midlands
Day Four: Peter With Rosie, Hey You Guys!, Peter Richard Adams + Evilwitch
Day Five: Mask
Day Six: The Son Fathers
Day Seven: Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom + 22-Pistepirkko
Day Eight: The Melting Ice Caps
Day Nine: Extradition Order
Day Ten: Those Fucking Snowflakes + Foxcunt
Day Eleven: Real(s)
Day Twelve: Austerity
Day Thirteen: Nini Bong + Time Dilation Unit ft. Momoe Tasker (GUTTS)
Day Fourteen: Muscle Vest
Day Fifteen: First Timers Fest – Big Joanie, Charmpit, Breakup Haircut, IRN Brunette, Halaca + Bitch Hunt
Day Sixteen: Sebastian Melmoth + Aug Stone
Day Seventeen: Piney Gir
Day Eighteen: I, Doris
Day Nineteen: Kevin Nolan