If you’ve read my review of the album for The Quietus, it won’t be too much of a spoiler to learn that Last Of The Country Gentlemen, the debut solo release from former Lift To Experience frontman Josh T. Pearson figures quite highly in my personal “Best of 2011” list. Last month Rough Trade awarded the record the top spot in their own “Album of the Year” chart, and in response Pearson recorded an EP of Christmas carols for the shop to give away as a bonus disc. Since The Quietus previewed “O Holy Night” a couple hours ago, it has spread across the web like wildfire, and it’s clear to see why: at seven slow-burning minutes, the track is as fragile and beautiful as Pearson’s own heartbroken gothic lullabies. Have a listen, and expect to see Gentlemen near the top of Foam Hands’ “Best of 2011” list when it is published here just before Christmas.
Listen: “O Holy Night” http://soundcloud.com/selftitledmag/josh-t-pearson-o-holy-night