(Charity / Holiday!) Single Review: Tristen – Crying on Christmas Day

By on Thursday, 21st December 2017 at 10:00 am
 

Nashville singer/songwriter Tristen has followed the July release of her third studio album ‘Sneaker Waves’ with a new Christmas single, to benefit charity organisation Doctors Without Borders. In sharp contrast to the contrived warmth and commercialised cheer of many Christmas singles, ‘Crying on Christmas Day’ is a rather disconsolate affair, delicately introspective and forlornly disillusioned by the disconnect between human actions and our professed desire for peace on earth.

The wistfully repeating verse/chorus refrains of ‘Crying on Christmas Day’ are framed by a pair of austere and distant poetic couplets. Tristen’s vocal delivery is softspoken and sweetly sad as she delivers her ethereal opening lines “from the dawn the angels cried a sacred song / passing on the sounds of love through ancient tears”. From there, the narrative tumbles forth over a gently insistent acoustic guitar figure, even as its central lyrical question, “does it feel all right crying on Christmas day?”, is obscured in a mysteriously evasive harmonic progression. The singer makes no attempt to provide musical resolution to her sobering existential observation, but she does provide her listeners with a practical way to resolve their own holiday angst.

Visit Tristen’s Bandcamp page to download ‘Crying on Christmas Day’, either for yourself or as a gift to someone else. All proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Her latest LP ‘Sneaker Waves’ is out now on American indie label Modern Outsider. We at TGTF have covered Tristen in live performance, supporting Irish band Bell X1.

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