A dour original Christmas tune, "Christmas Is Here (A Great Culling)" is the soundtrack for your solitary late-night drink under the Christmas tree. Crisp guitar lines and a stark minimalist arrangement serve to highlight the lyrical content — a series of "holiday to-do's" (greet the neighbors, shovel the snow, call your mom) that eventually imbue the title phrase with a weary, exhausted feeling (exemplified by the woozy, shoegazy-y guitar solo). Toast the winter and the impermanence of the season with this melancholy tune.
released December 1, 2015
Andrew Ciampa: lead guitar
Tom Howley: backing vocals, bass
Mark Rybaltowski: drums, sleigh bells
Dan Wisniewski: cymbals, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, synth
Written by Dan Wisniewski and arranged and performed by Spelling Reform.
Recorded at Sunnyside Studios in Philadelphia, PA.
Mixed by Jesse Soifer.
Mastered by Jeff White.
Cover photograph by Dan Wisniewski.
Graphic design by Dan Dinsmore (dandinsmoredesign.com).
Lead singer Eric Krewson is on another level. I love all of the group's records, but this one is my favorite. Dense characters and fascinating instrumentation. What else could you ask for? Spelling Reform