A celebration of Christmas and the tradition of indulging in tamales during the holiday season, “Christmas Tamales” is the latest from Sluka, representing the project’s first Christmas song. Its playful overall tone and creative charisma craft a theatrical rock sound, reminding of Sparks’ exuberance. Sleighbells venture into theatrical strings, as piano-set reflections guide into vocals singing the joys of “Christmas tamales.” The track’s bustling appreciation for tamales rings out from there.
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“Christmas Tamales” is exemplary of the project’s knack for orchestral-laden theatrics. Christopher Sluka’s songwriting and multi-instrumentalist skills shine throughout over a dozen studio albums and an abundance of singles, often exuding a balance of accessible vigor and evolving structural whimsy. “Christmas Tamales” enamors with its spirited ardency and genuine appreciation for a food that has remained a beloved staple of the holiday tradition for many.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.