Richard Tyler Epperson – “Christmastime”


An endearing holiday single from Salt Lake City-based artist Richard Tyler Epperson, “Christmastime” celebrates the special impact of the holiday spirit — remarking “there’s just something about this time of year,” alongside an initial appeal driven by twinkling keys. Guitar swipes and accompanying rhythms bolster thereafter, ascending into a rock-friendly flair. Depictions of sledding and staying up all night, watching one’s favorite Christmas shows, lends a cozy enamoring alongside the smooth vocals and chipper pop/rock arsenal.

Catching our ears last week with the original folk-pop single “Another Day (Unplugged),” Epperson continues to showcase his pleasant songwriting with “Christmastime.” The three-minute turn is particularly compelling, driving seamlessly from quaint holiday twinkling into the head-nodding guitar-forward spiritedness. Epperson’s knack for hooky accessibility and warming cheeriness continues with the delightful “Christmastime.”

“I’ve always loved Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime,” Epperson says. “I really wanted to incorporate a similar loud synthesizer sound to the second verse to give it that happy pop Christmas vibe. I wanted to write a Christmas song that really captured the positive vibe of the holiday season,” he continues. “Just one of those happy upbeat songs that puts a smile on your face and makes you excited for the holidays.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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