Just in time for Christmas, in fact just in time to provide the antidote to ancient crooners whining about mistletoe, come Gamine – Claudia Barton and Ian Williams – with the pop equivalent of a gothic cathedral.
Having been silent for some time, the duo resurface with a Christmas tune you will all be familiar with, a three and a half minute epic that feels like it has been plucked from the soundtrack to a festive James Bond film (On Her Majesty’s Secret Carol Service?).
With its velveteen vocals carried along on a wall of sound, an orchestra turned up to 11 and a maniac playing flamenco guitar solos all over the place, it’s exactly what the end of 2020 deserves!
As an extra treat, a live version of the song recorded just before Xmas 2001 at the legendary 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street (aka Tin Pan Alley) can be seen here: