Dec 162011

It’s Christmas Eve, a light snow is falling outside, illuminated by the twinkling Christmas lights around the windows. The lights are out, a fire in the fireplace, the kids nestled in bed. Under the tree, presents are freshly wrapped and you sink into your favorite easy chair with the night’s last egg nog. Time for a little mood music. How about that saxophone guy who also sings Christmas songs? No, not Kenny G (although this is the one time of year you get a free pass on playing Miracles). Play some new tunes by Cover Me veteran Land of Leland.

Justin Keller, the man behind Land of Leland, has just released a three-track Christmas EP for free download. The track “Still, Still, Still” was recorded two Christmases ago, and “I Saw Three Ships” last Christmas, but this is the first time they have gotten wide distribution. The third track, “The Friendly Beasts,” is fresh off the presses. You may never have heard this tune that traces back to the 12th century, but if your Christmas playlist is in need of something different this year, give it a try. Keller gives it the standard Land of Leland sound: airy double-tracked vocals, finger-picked guitar and shuffling percussion. All three songs are the perfect accompaniment to late winter nights. Download “The Friendly Beasts” below and get the rest at Land of Leland’s Bandcamp page.

MP3: Land of Leland – The Friendly Beasts (Traditional)

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Check out more from Land of Leland at his website.

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