The Other Sounds: December

Our present to you this Yuletide is a December playlist that has avoided, at all means, the trap of simply choosing one song from each of Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas albums. This list is an attempt to sum up not just how we feel this winter — okay, slightly less scorching summer in Singapore — but also the incredibly dramatic year of 2012.

So rest assured we’ve kept our alternative integrity intact, and even though there are, inevitably, a few tracks with vibraphones in them, we’ve also added in touches as eclectic as metal and rap.

Merry Other Sounds Christmas, folks.

1. It’s Christmas, But It’s Not White Here in Our Town / Kishi Bashi
2. Careless / Beach Fossils
3. Violent Youth / Crystal Castles
4. Promises / The Presets
5. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards / Tame Impala
6. Wild Things / San Cisco
7. Same Love / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. Dissolve Me / Alt-J
9. Sadness Comes Home / Converge
10. Her / Jam City
11. Bad Mood / The Vaccines
12. Ceremony (New Order cover) / Radiohead
13. Burner! / ScotDrakula
14. L’enfant Sauvage / Gojira
15. Hypnotic Winter / Jeff The Brotherhood

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By Zixin Lin