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What About Christmas?

by The Jigsaw Seen

Melodic, modern psychedelia.
Genre: Holiday: Rock
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1. What About Christmas? (electric version)
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2. First Of May (live)
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3. Jesus (live)
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4. Sleigh Ride (live)
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5. What About Christmas (acoustic version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Recorded during sessions for The Jigsaw Seen’s forthcoming album, “What About Christmas?” is destined to become a holiday classic. The title track of the band’s new 5 song EP is a dynamic song featuring soaring mellotron strings, a Spectorian percussion arrangement and guitars both heavy and delicate.

Drawing from a live performance captured at Luna Park in Los Angeles, three live tracks are next. Featuring a plaintive vocal performance by Dennis Davison, “First of May,” originally recorded by the Bee Gees, ties in lyrically with the EP’s title track. The song segues into the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus,” featuring some intricate guitar and bass interplay by Jonathan Lea and David Nolte. The band closes the live portion with their rousing rendition of the Venture’s arrangement of “Sleigh Ride”, showcasing the thunderous drums of Teddy Freese. The live material has a vibe similar to that of the VU’s legendary Live at Max’s Kansas City.

The final track is an acoustic work-up of “What About Christmas?” featuring glockenspiel and “Dandelion” style acoustic 12-string that is stunning in it’s stark beauty.

The new studio recordings have been meticulously mixed by Nick Walusko, known for his work with Brian Wilson and the Wondermints. What About Christmas? features a sleeve designed by bandmembers Jonathan Lea (best packaging Grammy nominee for The Jigsaw Seen’s album Zenith) and David Nolte.

In the past year The Jigsaw Seen’s legendary track “My Name Is Tom” has been featured on Rhino’s critically acclaimed box set Children Of Nuggets and Apple iTunes’ popular Essential Garage compilation. Guitarist Jonathan Lea also appears on Dave Davies’ (the Kinks) current release Transformation and Ann Magnuson’s forthcoming album Pretty Songs and Ugly Stories.

With What About Christmas? the band has managed to transcend the holiday song genre. “Jingle Bell Rock” it is not! Give a listen, and you’ll discover another melancholy masterwork from The Jigsaw Seen.


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"It's all good stuff"
Much as I hate to be reminded of Christmas, those psych-pop funsters The Jigsaw Seen have brought it into the lounge by releasing their traditional Christmas offering “What About Christmas?” a lovely rolling tune with some great guitar work and an annoyingly catchy chorus. Also included are three live tracks “First Of May” (The Bee Gees) “Jesus” (the Velvet Underground), and “Sleigh Ride” (the Ventures) plus an acoustic version of the main song. It’s all good stuff and possibly the only festive song you will be able to stomach this Yuletide.

Twist & Shake

"Experts at blending psychedelic textures with massive pop hooks".
Like the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Love before them, The Jigsaw Seen thrives on pushing boundaries. Together for nearly ten years, the Southern California band pens colorful lyrics and papers their music with a wide array of instruments. Not only are their original songs fascinating, but their choice of covers also tend to be unique, as they've rendered everybody from Tony Bennett to the Pretty Things. The latest effort from the Jigsaw Seen is a five track EP called "What About Christmas?" There are two different takes of the title cut. One is an electric version that swells with perfectly plush production tactics and the moaning sound of a mellotron. The other recording of "What About Christmas?" is acoustic based, and is equally compelling in its stripped down format. A dark edge penetrates the number as it explodes with naked emotions. The three remaining cuts on the album are live treatments of the Velvet Underground's slow and spooky "Jesus," the intensely brooding "First Of May" by the Bee Gees and "Sleigh Ride," a shaking and baking Ventures instrumental. The Jigsaw Seen are experts at blending psychedelic textures with massive pop hooks. Complex structures, paired with radiant choruses additionally characterize the band's novel vision. BEVERLY PATERSON