'Under The Mistletoe' b/w 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' 7” vinyl
Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club - SNOWFLAKE 4
The Silhouettes's“Under The Mistletoe / Merry Little Christmas” is one of four 7"'s released as part of the 2013 (and first) edition of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club.
The fourth single in the series has surf pop band The Silhouettes from Amsterdam with a Ben Rider-penned original 'Under The Mistletoe'. The song was recorded in the Cinetol Studio and Jacco Gardners studios, injecting the surf sound of the band with some psychedelica. The angelic voice of Marthe Jellema makes you melt like a snowman on a sunny day, while she sings of longing to sit under the mistletoe with her loved one on Christmas day. The Silhouettes back it with a surf version of the Christmas standard 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, first sung by the legendary Judy Garland in the classic 1944 musical 'Meet Me In St. Louis' and made legendary by Frank Sinatra.
Ben Rider (guitar, originally from the UK) and Marthe Jellema (keyboard) met in 2005 at a Pixies show in The Netherlands, became friends and occasionally played music together. When sharing an apartment in London in 2010, the two started to write their own songs, that were a reaction to modern life in an over-populated city where modern day technology alienated people from each other. The Silhouettes showed an alternative, by writing songs that had a sense of naivety and playfulness. Ben and Marthe relocated to Amsterdam and The Silhouettes started playing shows all over Holland, including Crossing Border and Noorderslag. The band toured the US in 2012 and released their self-titled debut album, "The Silhouettes", in April 2013 on Dutch label Goomah Music. The album has a lo-fi vintage sound and is heavily influenced by the 60's garage sound as well as contemporary US west coast bands like Best Coast, Wavves and The Ravenoettes. On shows, Ben and Marthe are new joined by a bass player and drummer, further broadening the sound of the band.