By Charlie Maybee
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New York City-based electro pop duo, Marian Hill, have returned with a new collection of holiday themed singles titled cozy. With featured appearances by Steve Davit and clear eyes, there are three new takes on classic songs like “White Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” and “The Christmas Song,” with the titular song “Cozy” taking center stage as a new musical offering for the winter season.
The entire collection has a subdued electronic feel with deep resonant bass and sparse hits from the drum machine, as the light, breathy vocals drift along over top. For songs that are typically about holiday cheer, there’s something a little darker lurking in the composition of these songs. At times it seems to come from the sheer amount of sonic space that seems to echo behind the vocals, but with small interruptions for saxophone sections and gentle piano presses the mood ebbs and flows quite nicely.
If James Blake and Sam Smith ever got together to write a winter holiday themed album, it would probably have a similar foundation to the collection of songs on cozy. There are plenty of pop hooks happening to keep us in our seats, but it’s the jazzier moments and electronic ambience that sets this project apart from other seasonal music releases. It is a niche mix of genre influences that puts a whole new spin on Christmas music that is more is more subtle and abstract, providing a nice change of pace from its mainstream tendency for (often overbearing) exuberance.
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Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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