But, dang it all, along comes an Indie Alt Pop Rock outfit from Southern Cali with a fresh arrangement (a little Coldplay, a little Arcade Fire) that seems to be winning me over. The band Max And The Moon was formed in 2009, it appears, and they are building a following the old fashioned way--through relentless gigs. On their recent "The Way I See" EP, they remind me a bit of some of the more intelligent Sunshine Pop of the late 60s--Free Design, that sort of thing.
"Blue Christmas" by Max And The Moon is a free download via Soundcloud and, usually, these Soundcloud freebies are hard capped. So, if you like it, you're going to want to grab it quick. Then go pay a visit to the group's Facebook page. They're very likeable, if you know what I mean (wink, wink, say no more).