More than any other subgenre of pop music, holiday music tends to be the most evocative, often conjuring the sights, sounds and smells of holidays past.
It's also often really, really pretty.
Holiday music can get away with a certain preciousness and sometimes over-the-top sentimentality that other kinds of music simply cannot.
Today's song, "Christmas Don't Be Late" by Hurricane Bells, certainly fits that bill. This quiet, stripped down cover of the famous Alvin & The Chipmunks original feels like walking down a snow-less neighborhood street in early December, everyone anticipating a festive season barely in its infancy.
And this cover thankfully doesn't feature Dave screaming like a maniac at Alvin. I get that raising three chipmunks probably isn't a picnic but get yourself together, man.