Do you hear the bells ringing? Have you begun to wish that you were walking in a winter wonderland? Are you starting to deck the halls with boughs of holly? Then you are in for a treat when you listen to Erica Glyn’s The Glyn That Stole Christmas EP.
New York City based artist/producer Erica Glyn is an amplifying force in the music industry. From her self-made creations to her songwriting/production work, she’s becoming a well-known entity and making fans across the globe. She produces a unique and intriguing sound, mixing elements of trip-hop, rocktronica and a splash of psychedelic rock with her captivating vocals and commanding lyrics. She leans toward the unconventional, experimenting with instrumentation and tonal effects, which garner her comparisons to boundary-pushing powerhouses like Florence Welch and Fiona Apple. Glyn’s renditions of popular Christmas songs are no different in experimentation from her original music as she takes you from the traditional Christmas sing-along to a futuristic compilation of something I like to call “Christmas on LSD”.
“Deck the Halls”
Glyn slows this track down and gives it a room for air that hasn’t been done in previous covers of the song. She exaggerates the wording in a way that gives each a punch of its own, and I think after listening to this version I finally know all the lyrics in the track.
Okay, so the beginning of this song sounds like it belongs in a commercial for a Christmas-themed thriller, but I love it! It changes personality when the surf-rock-esque guitar comes in and it becomes one of those tracks you’d want to listen to while walking through the Rockefeller Center during Christmas time.
Talk about not-so-silent night, this track brings in a kick-ass distorted guitar and continuous electronic beat that makes it into a head-bobbing piece of music. It completely changes from how people hear this song in other renditions of the track that make it almost a ghostly and solemn tune, as Glyn breaks the typecast and makes it into something worth appreciating again.
By far my favorite track off the EP, it builds this dynamic unlike the other tracks and really encompasses this idea of bringing the EP as a whole into a new type of winter wonderland. Glyn’s enunciation and sway with the verses still fits with the original styling of the track, but the addition of Charley Hustle’s voice brings in this gritty/deep tonality that complements Glyn’s voice. The tiny piano solos are pretty adorable and make me smile every time they’re played in the track.
Overall, if you want to experience a new kind of Christmas this year, take a listen to these tracks. Throw out the feel-good, it’s a wonderful life-kind of Christmas you know and start a tradition of an out-of-this-world Christmas with Glyn as the host.
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