Yesterday’s Advent Calendar treat was Omni Bael’s crackling ‘Filthy Lucre’ – you can still download it here. Today we have a double helping of free music for you.
As always, the tracks are completely free to to download and there’s no need to sign up to any mailing lists to access the tracks (though if you’d like to you can join ours here), but with the UK’s independent music venues in peril following almost a year of covid restrictions, we’d love you to make a donation to the Music Venue Trust‘s #saveourvenues campaign if you enjoy these tracks. You can make a donation to the fund, or to a specific venue of your choice here.
PET wife – ASK
Queer, trans experimental pop duo PET wife’s Advent Calendar offering is a glorious subversion that harks back to the huge Christmas pop sounds of the sixties girl bands while turning the outdated sexual politics contained within some festive favourites on its head.
“It’s a jaunty Ronettes-style Christmas song. We were talking about classic Christmas songs and realized many of the lyrics come from a place of romantic entitlement. Noelle wrote the lyrics for “ASK” as a playful subversion of that trope – “you’re not getting me for Christmas.” Noelle is singing lead, with Pet on harmonies, keys, bass, guitar, percussion, etc) and Charlotte Anne Dole on drums. It was produced by Pet at Dirty Tailor Studios in Brooklyn, the artwork is by Noelle, and the track was mastered by Rich Morales at Super Fine Audio.”
The band released mini-album Polychrome earlier in the year and followed it up with non-album single ‘.B.L.O.O.D.O.R.A.N.G.E.’ in October – both are available now via their Bandcamp page.
Useless Cities – Happiness
Bittersweet London indie four-piece Useless Cities are no strangers to the advent calendar, and they’re back again this year with another achingly beautiful slice of melancholic pop noir. Don’t let the name fool you, ‘Happiness’ is destined to tug on your heart-strings. The band would like to “wish everyone ‘Happiness’ in 2021.”
2020 has been a quiet year for Useless Cities but we’re looking forward to hearing what they have in store for us in the new year.
Come back tomorrow for more exclusive tracks + check out the tracks from previous windows, all of which are still available to download:
Day 1: Piney Gir ft. Roxys + MJ Hibbett
Day 2: Brixton Hill Studio Band + Friends
Day 3: Oh!Gunquit + The Kecks
Day 4: Salt The Snail + Dead Horse
Day 5: The Awkward Silences
Day 6: AKDK
Day 7: Lost Map Records – Friends of The Guinness
Day 8: Mister Solo + Fightmilk
Day 9: The Indelicates + Dexy
Day 10: The Burning Hell + Velvet Starlings
Day 11: Granfalloon + elkyn
Day 12: LOUD WOMEN FEST – I, Doris, Genn + Breakup Haircut
Day 13: PaulFCook + West Midlands
Day 14: The Long Blondes + Michael M
Day 15: Hot Sauce Pony
Day 16: Hey You Guys, Peter With Rosie, AWWBLOT + Peter Richard Adams
Day 17: Jean Genie’s Massive Hugs
Day 18: The Fades, Lark + The Reverse
Day 19: Omni Bael