Speedy Ortiz is not the kind of band you’d expect to release a Christmas album, but it’s certainly one of the bands I’d really like to have a Christmas album from. Well, that hasn’t happened, but something close has: the band’s lead singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis has released a sad Christmas song!
Titled “Krampus (In Love),” the song is not the first holiday-themed thing the singer has released. In 2011 she released “Grinchin‘” and then in 2013 released “X Acually.” “Krampus (In Love)” follows suit in that it’s a) timely and b) unabashedly lo-fi, probably recorded in Dupuis own office (or studio, or bedroom, maybe). Dupuis, in a tweet, refers to the song as “depressing,” but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s depressing, just that it offers a different take on the Holiday Season, one where she wants to be alone. But then, isn’t that what we all really want during the holidays?
At any rate, it only took her five hours to write and record.
Listen to the song below:
And here are the lyrics:
Here we go a-wassailing, assaulting what was right. Co-sign on the love of the earth to feel its light. Sign me up for choir if I’m the only lady singing. ‘Cuz all I want is solitude. Gift me reprise from you and you. Bite down ‘cuz I love her, not because I need a muzzle. Even supervillains plead insanity in love. In the hero years we kissed under the mistletoe we’re missing. Sick of firing first shots on and off? Let’s make a break so we can say next winter we’re in love. Here we go with sweaters on to save us from our skins. Rather take a cheat for sleep than stay up counting sled marks. Sign me up for stocking stuffed with old memorial gore. All I want is solitude. The next thing that I want is you. I’m fed up, you better feed me, or best believe I’m going missing. The first star we both see tonight is out of sight, like love. If beauty is a terror, will snow cover the evidence of love as something beautiful?