As 2011 draws to a close, I’m starting to put together my “best of” lists for the year, and I can say with absolute certainty that Austin’s Saints of Valory will top a number of them. They were my favorite new band discovery this year… So, it makes me merry that the fellas put out an original holiday ditty to finish out the year!
“Winter Lights” sparkles with everything I love about this band’s music…questioning, self-reflection provoking lyrics, sticky choruses, lovely guitar interludes (and a striking little organ intro) … and builds to this gorgeous crescendo of a children’s choir and a snappy military snare breakdown. Of course, Gavin’s plaintive vocals are huge, as always. It’s timeless enough to be played year round, honestly, but definitely wrapped in a great little holiday package, complete with a meaningful message and jingle bells.
And the video is gorgeous, too. There’s something about the golden light that just lends itself to the song… Love the drummer boy outfits and the paper confetti cannons!
Pick up your copy of “Winter Lights” and get on board this year with Saints of Valory. By this time in 2012, they’ll be shining for the world to see.