That said, this two song "Christmas" single from London Dream Pop band Night Flowers is too gorgeous to ignore. Although its "name your price", which can mean free, know that proceeds raised will all be going to MIND and Teenage Cancer Trust. So drop a penny in the pot and get a big smile from the man or woman ringing the bell. That way, everybody wins.
All that said, it is singles like this one that make the annual hunting worthwhile. They are beautiful, original, and good enough to stand the test of time (whether they will or not, only time will tell). Both songs were recorded on a home 8-track. The A-side is down tempo while the music on the flip is up tempo. Both songs are rooted in the tradition of British Christmas songs without being the least derivative. And both are perfectly accessible to all. If there was true justice in the world, Niight Flowers' "Christmas" would be the UK's "Christmas Number One".
Night Flowers has an instinctual feel for music. While their sound is thoroughly now, you can tell they absorbed an awful lot from those who went before them. When they add a dose of Shoegaze, as they do on the B-side "Christmas Eve", it isn't an end unto itself but a way of seasoning the music to make it stand out. Same goes for the Dream Pop on the A-side, "To Rest". "To Rest" is Indie Pop that has Dream Pop hues and "Christmas Eve" is Indie Pop that has Shoegaze coloring. It isn't an original observation of mine, by any means (it was Chad Jewett at The Line of Best Fit; credit where credit's due), but the name Night Flowers suits this band as their songs open up like flowers blooming right before your ears. These two songs have that element I always speak of--they combine the longing of the season with hopefulness. They're wistful and wishful. Amen to that. Go grab this pair of classics-to-be at Bandcamp.