Ok, here it goes. By now, I think I’ll have to face the fact that my blogging will never again pick up the pace it had when I started Cue Castanets in 2014. Then and in the following two years I was able to write a lot of posts on a variety of Wall of Sound-related subjects as well as interview a number of interesting people for the blog.
Since making a career move to a different type of job a few years ago I’ve sadly had significantly less time to devote to blogging. As of writing this, it’s been more than a year since my last entry on the blog, and we’ll see if I ever get around to write more here again. I hope so but I can’t promise anything.
For the time being though, the reason why I’ve turned on the lights again at the Cue Castanets headquarters, however shortly, is a new Christmas single I discovered yesterday,… and one that I felt I just had to write about here.
Those who’ve followed the blog know that I’ve usually highlighted a few modern Spector Christmas sound-alikes every December and I’ve been on the look-out again this year. But it wasn’t until yesterday that anything had me interested, and that’s when I heard ‘Next Year will be Mine’ by indie-psych-popsters Whyte Horses.
Their Christmas single came out yesterday and it’s a great track! It’s always nice to hear a faithful and loving imitation of the wall of sound – especially so when the topic at hand is Christmassy. There’s just something about Christmas and the wall of sound that go hand in hand and have done so ever since Spector issued his Christmas album in 1963.
The Whyte Horses release has just the right sound although some Nitszchean strings throughout would have been icing on the cake. Oh well, can’t have it all, I guess – and ‘Next Year will be Mine’ will definitely make my Christmas playlist for years to come. I really like it and its accompanying faux-70s/ABBAesque video.
Dig this lovely dose of yuletide Spector-worship and have a merry Christmas & a happy new year!