We’ve reached the penultimate day of The Joyzine Advent Calendar, and with more than 40 tracks already available, including yesterday’s treats from REAL(s) and Those Fucking Snowflakes (which you can still download here), we’ve still got a few surprises up our sleeves, including not one but two festive tracks from long-standing Joyzine favourites which were both written and recorded exclusively for the calendar!
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.
Stephen EvEns – A Little Solstice Hymn
With this, his third appearance in various guises, we may as well rename this year’s offering The Stephen EvEns Advent Calendar. If you’ve been keeping tabs throughout December you’ll already have enjoyed his drumming on the Brixton Hill Studios & Friends’ #saveourvenues version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ (if not, get it here) and bass work on Hot Sauce Pony’s Goop-bashing track ‘Gwyneth’ (which you can find here), but for his final entry on the calendar he’s gone further still by penning a brand new Christmas track under his solo guise, which you can hear first on today’s calendar.
This should be cause for celebration for anyone who’s crossed paths with his second album Employee of The Month, which on its release earlier this year prompted Joyzine editor Paul Maps to marvel at how it managed to “steer a crooked course around every blind corner and somehow come out in the right place every time, even if that right place is not quite where you thought it would be,” (read the full review here).
Today’s track ‘A Little Solstice Hymn’, a beautiful construction of piano, vocals and sleigh bells, was mastered by Mark Cawthra and is described by EvEns as “a Christmas song I wrote on the solstice about trying to stop Christmas this year being rubbish.”
Bugeye – A Very Bugeye Christmas
Croydon indie-pop quartet Bugeye became favourites around these parts during the decade in which we called CR0 our home, and they just keep on getting better – their 2020 album Ready, Steady, Bang (out now on Reckless Yes Records) is a bonafide indie disco banger from start to finish. They also masterminded the excellent CroCroLand festival in their hometown last year, which we’d love to see return once all of this is over, as well as getting involved with the online Balcony Festival shows that we co-promoted during the first lockdown.
Singer Angela has written and home-recorded a brand new Christmas song, ‘A Very Bugeye Christmas’, especially for this year’s calendar. She says, “It’s about thinking back to all the Christmases spent being hungover and wishing you were back in bed, but then 2020 hits and how we wish we hadn’t taken those Christmases for granted.”
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
Day 20: PET wife + Useless Cities
Day 21: Vienna Ditto x The May + Elephants & Castles
Day 22: REAL(s) + Those Fucking Snowflakes