Festive Christmas Eve Friday…with Sufjan Stevens

Festive Christmas Eve Friday…with Sufjan Stevens


The Motel's first Christmas was in 2007, and the day after we finished the Review of the Year, six of us prepared a delicious roast dinner and played the Songs for Christmas EPs on repeat whilst doing so. This track, The Friendly Beasts, is a traditional French tune with English words about (one can presume exceptionally clever) animals bringing presents to the Nativity.

Oh come on, it's Christmas Eve, and we had to squeeze in a festive track from Sufjan Stevens somewhere. Surely you wouldn't have expected anything less. Plus the video, made by the Janet Smith Co-Op, is adorable.

Festive greetings from The Fugitive Motel. We promise you the gift of a Review of the Year - with interview features on cocknbullkid, Dutch Uncles, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Young British Artists, Motelvision, the now-traditional cartoon and all the usual fun features, in early January.