Artist: Jim Noir
Song: "My Patch" (Original Version)
In perhaps an unwitting nod to "Christmas Is All Around" from "Love Actually," Noir has taken his quirky, almost-antagonistic single "My Patch" and sprinkled it with plenty of holly and snow. What was once "If you ever step on my patch / I'll bring you down / I'll bring you down" is now hilariously "Holidays are times of magic / We're counting down / We're counting down."
And Noir gets away with it too, because his blend of Brian Wilson bedroom-pop is so infectious and unpredictably arranged that one can't help but think that it would make for a killer Christmas album. The plunking strings and (now added) bells feel right at home, and Noir's raspy voice sounds just as sincere on his album as it does in service to rather early holiday shopping.