I actually found this as a free download on Amazon. Under the name Jacques Saccquarine. And, before I forget, Amazon has a bunch of free holiday downloads right here. Some junk in there, sure, but some good'uns, too. Like 2 cuts from the new Christmas set from Kristin Chambers. I probably should be posting about her, here, rather than Mr. Bold, but.... I've done my due diligence by pointing you in the proper direction.
Anyway, Jacques Saccquarine--aka Jose Bold, aka John Osebold--is a Seattle musician who likes to make quirky, off balance, subtly deranged music...but only in November and December, for some reason. Not that its all winter or seasonal music; that's just when he likes to do it. Not sure what he'll be coming up with for this year, but last year's set was, indeed, a Christmas EP, "YUUUUUUUL".
I'm not a big fan of the goofy, but, being truly (if subtly) deranged, this is somehow less goofy and more...hmm..."relatable" isn't really the thought I was reaching for. More like a college course in abnormal psychology. How's that?
I suppose the "hit" here is "Eggnog", but it's also the deranged mind at its most basic. It's a song about Eggnog, but its not a song about Eggnog. A perfect example of textbook schizophrenia. But its a tad creepy, too, as he's singing about "his favorite glass of human". It could be an analogy. Or he could be Dexter Morgan. Not sure, but I'm leaning toward the latter. We also get some special strangeness in the form of "Don" (featuring Justin Redwine). Don is apparently a guy with some issues, who shows up to the office party dressed like Santa and then...sits on a pizza. He ruins the party and then...inexplicably dies (apparently), thus becoming legendary. Wow. I haven't had enough psych classes to even begin to break that one down. And then there is "Put A Bell on Your Sled", in which seemingly innocuous words are bleeped out, making the song seem utterly filthy. Now, I know a lot of people who love this kind of stuff--the off-kilter and quirky--qnd those folks are already happily downloading.
But, for me, the saving grace of the EP is "Black Friday"--primarily because so many people have been (and will be) precisely where the protagonist is (and I mean mentally and emotionally, not physically...although they'll be that do). And using music that sets a solemn tone, well, it makes the whole thing rather poignant.
And I'm just kidding about the "derangement"....mostly. Anyway, if you're up for getting down with Jacques Saccquarine (and Don), head on over to Bandcamp (or Amazon) for the free download. And keep a watchful eye on Jose at Facebook. Somebody should.