Every time I hear new music from Sofia Talvik I'm amazed that a Swedish artists nails Americana so perfectly. In keeping with her tradition of giving her fans a new Christmas song for free each year, Talvik has released "Christmas Train." According to the song description on Bandcamp: "The new single ”Christmas Train” is a modern take on the Krampus story, (Santa’s evil counterpart that punishes rather than spreads joy and presents). In the form of a thundering train that will steal dreams, as well as lives away from everyone in its path."
The song combines the elements of more modern folk songs, while having some 1960's Nancy Sinatra style groove and still keeping the classic country train song feel. It's a really unique sound and, since it doesn't have even the slightest hint of jingle bells, it's a perfect Christmas song for anyone that hates Christmas music.
You can listen to "Christmas Train" below. The song is currently available as a free download via Bandcamp. For more on Sofia Talvik, check out her website.