I'd like to spotlight another EP tonight. This time it is the work of a single band, The Layaways, an indie rock band from Chicago. Their 2006 release, The Christmas EP, is available as a free download from last.fm.
The Christmas EP contains only three songs, but they are well worth hearing. The first is a bouncy, light rock version of "O Christmas Tree" (which features the main melody of "Deck the Halls" being played on acoustic guitar near the end). Next is a short but sweet instrumental version of "Joy to the World", which serves as a nice setup for the real highlight of the EP, "Silent Night". Another instrumental, this is honestly one of the best versions of "Silent Night" I have ever heard. The drums and bass lay down a simple backbeat which allows for the main melody to be voiced on the guitar. The guitar tone is gorgeous and helps lend a dreamy feel to the song.
You know what? I don't think my words could possibly do this song justice. Please go download it and listen to it for yourself - this is a song that simply must be heard. Grab the rest of the EP while you're there. Happy listening! I'll be back soon with more great Christmas music for you.