Ages and Ages, the Portland-based band whose long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Alright You Restless is set for release in March, have covered the classic song “Christmas Time is Here” to tide fans over until the new release.
“It is one of those rare holiday songs that doesn’t ignore the sadness of the season,” said band member Rob Oberdorfer. “It doesn’t feel like a cheep celebration of the consumerist rush, and there’s no overt religious references to alienate anyone. It’s just about the human experience of living through this time of year drawing close to family and loved ones, and the bittersweet nature of all that fleeting good will.”
The band didn’t stray too far from the original version most of us remember from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
“With the Peanuts thing, it also brings back these memories of watching this kid’s program which didn’t feel like it was trying to sell us something,” said Oberdorfer. “The whole thing has this clever rub of celebration and melancholy. The original has so much heart we didn’t want to take it too far musically, though we did de-jazzify it a little and add some pepper here and there.”
Divisionary is set for release on March 25, 2014. Listen to Ages and Ages’ version of “Christmas Time Is Here” in the player below.