Scouring the corners of the land for eight very different artists indie label Fortuna Pop have come up trumps with A Christmas Gift From Fortuna Pop!
, their very own tribute to the festive season. With distorted guitars, twinkly bells and cutesy samples from It's a Wonderful Life
above a plodding bass line Glitterball create a woozy mood which dominates this surprisingly original selection. Saloon's heavenly contribution, "Snow", is a track that goes more than a little way to showing off their lead singer's gorgeously wistful voice. But it's not all gentle indie angst. Watch out for the wonderfully dark cover of Sinatra's "Let It Snow" and The Chemistry Experiment's atmospheric "twisted christmas present just for you". The real gem here, though, has to be The Aislers Set
's "The Snow Doesn't Fall"--a bizarre seasonal ode to the winning of the Wild West. With more than a nod to the ultimate christmas album, Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift To You
, it chugs along with an attitude which is pure 60s pop--perfect for raising your spirits as the temperature outside plunges.--Caroline Butler
A Christmas album from the indie label that brought you artists such as Comet Girl, The Butterflies of Love and John Simms. This compiler contains both signed and unsigned indie acts from all over the land celebrating (and brooding) over the christmas period.