Christmas is a social occasion, a time to be with family and friends.
For those without, though, it can be a desperately lonely time. It's almost beyond belief, really, that when the bulk of the Western world sits down for Christmas dinner thousands upon thousands of people will have no company at all, not even anyone at the end of a phone line.
It's a topic which fuels Damien Jurado's new song. The Seattle based songwriter is fresh from the overwhelming artistic success of 'Maraqopa', an album whose subtle songwriting and psychedelic flourishes are a thing of beauty to behold. Crafted with fellow Seattle-based musician Kyle Zantos, the strings on 'Maragopa' were performed by Sam Anderson.
It's a partnership which has been well honed over time, but when listening to 'Maraqopa' you can't help but feel that the trio have really tapped into something quite special. The artistic momentum clearly behind them, Damien Jurado led the trio into the studio to work on a standalone Christmas track.
'Kalla Hus' dares to tackle the taboo subject of feeling lonely at Christmas, telling the tale of an old man whose family have long since departed to lead their own lives. It's a beautifully constructed piece of work, with the odd nod towards festive odes of yore to tie it to the season. That said, it's reverb soaked ambience would move the most stubborn of hearts at any time of the year.
Listen to it now.