Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff – “Surviving Christmas” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s been a bit of a holiday tradition every year at Stereogum to premiere a cover by Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche. He’s graced us with renditions of songs by Sia, Miley Cyrus, and Beyoncé among others. Presumably Lerche will have another cover for us this season, but in the meantime we’re releasing an actual Christmas song by the guy.

“Surviving Christmas,” penned by Lerche and Jherek Bischoff, is a feel-good, jazzy, heartwarming holiday number, and even though it’s only November, you’ll almost be able to smell the peppermint and hot chocolate with the first listen. The song is pulled from Amazon’s Indie For The Holidays playlist, a collection of original holiday-themed recordings from various artists, including Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices), Rogue Wave, Yacht, Anna von Hausswolff, SOAK, and more. Says Lerche about the track:

It’s a simple song, projected in a big way. It’s bereft of irony or cynicism, and as such maybe corresponds with different eras. It’s something I hope both children and adults can appreciate and feel good listening to, perhaps even sing along to. If it feels too idealistic, wholesome, even naive, that is good. I wanted the song to identify and strive for our greatest potential as human beings, even if we as individuals fail to live up to it most of the time.

Listen below.

Indie For The Holidays will be released 11/20 on Amazon Music.