Eclectic musician Poppy announced a new four-song Christmas EP called A Very Poppy Christmas, due December 1 via Sumerian Records. She shared a song from it, “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas,” which offers a sadder perspective on the holiday season.
Keys loosely quote part of the Christmas classic “Silent Night” before Poppy comes in with the lyrics, “Where are you now?/I can’t tell how long it’s been.” Instrumentally, it’s mostly lo-fi electronic piano with some sparse drum clicks during the chorus. The verse repeats as Poppy sings about heartbreak and a relationship that didn’t work out, then the chorus comes again and she sings, “No, I won’t be home for Christmas/Baby, tell me nothing’s changed/In your heart you feel the same/We created all this distance/And I know you’re missing me/And I don’t know where I’ll be/But I won’t be home for Christmas.”
Poppy sings calmly, heavily contrasting the chaos of her last proper album, I Disagree, an alternative metal-influenced album which came out in January this year. She expanded that album with some bonus tracks over the summer, including “Khaos x4.” In June, she released a cover of t.A.T.u.’s “All the Things She Said.” An instrumental Poppy album called Music to Scream To came out in October, which is comparable to 3:36 (Music to Sleep To) and I C U (Music to Read To) but far noisier.
A Very Poppy Christmas Track List
1. I Like Presents
2. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas
3. Kiss in the Snow
4. Silver Bells
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