Last year, Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek announced he would release a full length album of Holiday classics on November 10th the following year. He only teased a few tracks at the time, leaving us to pack up our excitement with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Well bust out your ugly sweaters and inflatable Santas, because Kozelek just released another preview, and it may be the best one yet.
Before you roll your eyes, let’s just get this out of the way: yes, it’s only October, and yes, we are posting a Christmas song. But rare is the opportunity to find such a classic holiday tune with a truly modern take. Kozelek’s trademark fingerpicking weaves through Vince Guaraldi’s simple, melancholy anthem from A Charlie Brown Christmas. He even adds his own reading of a brief Linus-Lucy dialogue from the Peanuts classic.
Sure, a lot of artists use the holidays as a chance to cash in on the Christmas Craze that takes over every radio station and grocery store in the country. But it’s pretty tough to ignore the heartfelt sentiment Kozelek packs into this beautifully, ethereal cover. Check it out for yourself below.