The Essential Advent Calendar: December 6 – Katy Perry Shares Video For ‘Cozy Little Christmas’

It’s December 6 and Katy Perry shared her first music video for the holidays – ‘Cozy Little Christmas’.

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December 5

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 5 – Superbravo Release ‘La Nuit’ / ‘Chanson Pour Les Enfants L’Hiver’

It’s only December 5 but already we’re excited about Christmas Eve, which is is when the magic happens. In the night, Santa gets into his sleigh and he delivers all the presents, that are eagerly awaited by children all over the world. Paris trio Superbravo have recorded ‘La Nuit’ (The Night), with ‘Chanson Pour Les Enfants l’Hiver’ (‘Song For The Children Of The Winter’) on the B-side.

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December 4

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 4 – Swedish Acid Folk Duo Us & Them Release ‘When The Stars Are Brightly Shining’/‘Winter’

It’s December 4, and we remember that Christmas is a time to spend with family and to feel a bit nostalgic. These two aspects of Christmas come together on the single the Swedish acid folk duo Us And Them have recorded for the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club, ‘When The Stars Are Brightly Shining’, and ‘Winter’.

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December 3

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 3 – Livingmore Ask Us To ‘Show Me Light And Love’ / ‘Winter Wonderland’

What’s behind door number 3? Why it’s Los Angeles rock band Livingmore, with their Christmas single. ‘Show Me The Light And Love’/‘Winter Wonderland’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 2 – Mylo Rhodes – ‘I Love Christmas Almost As Much As I Love You’

Independent singer songwriter Mylo Rhodes has released what should become a Christmas standard, with his song, ‘I Love Christmas Almost As Much As I Love You’. Rhodes’ aim is to get the track into the top spot on the charts this Christmas, and with some positive press under his belt so far, it seems possible that this could happen.

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December 1

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 1 – A Very Cherry Christmas Volume 14

It seems impossible but here it is. December 1, which of course means we open the first door of the season on the Essentially Pop Advent Calendar. Number one is ‘A Very Cherry Christmas Volume 14’, from Cherryade Records. With 26 tracks on the compilation album we could pretty much get away with just featuring a track per day from this, but we won’t be lazy and we’ll give everyone a chance.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 21 – ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ By Circuit3

Circuit3 has produced his synthy take on the Greg Lake classic ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 20 – Netflix Original Series ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Festive Featurette

6 Stranger Things kids. A ton of wrapping paper. 2 minutes and 15 seconds of holiday cheer.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 19 – Guitarist Markus Reuter Releases First Christmas Album

Poly-disciplinary musician and touch guitarist Markus Reuter has just released his first Christmas album, ‘Winter Solstice’ – a free, limited-availability-period recording of five traditional Christmas songs (each of which has been given Markus’ distinctive loop/solo/soundscape treatment).

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 18 – ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ Is Now Available On Netflix

‘The Christmas Chronicles’, is an instant holiday classic and available to watch over the festive season on Netflix.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 17 – The Overtones Complete UK Tour Tomorrow Night 20 December At London Indigo

Since bursting onto the scene in 2010 with their debut, ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’, The Overtones have sold over a million records. They released their self titled sixth studio album on October 19 this year, their first as a four-piece, since the death of their bandmate and friend, Timmy Matley, in April.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 16 – The Independent Counsel Of Funk Release Holiday EP ‘I Don’t Want To Go Home For Christmas’

The Independent Counsel of Funk, the project spearheaded by Joe Scarborough of the critically acclaimed hit MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ show, have today released a new holiday-themed EP…

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 15 – FMFL Releases ‘Abandoned Christmas Tree’ EP

Dreampop artist and multi-instrumentalist FMFL has followed up his debut album, ‘Functional Music For Lovers’, with a timely EP, released 20 December, and just ahead of Christmas.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 14 – ‘Road To Rome’ By Cherry Head, Cherry Heart Is A Christmas Classic

With all profits going to Cancer Research UK, Cherry Head, Cherry Heart are back with their instant Christmas classic, ‘Road To Rome (Christmas Capitulation Mix)’. It’s an upbeat and jolly track, complete with jingling bells and a catchy chorus.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 13 – The Waitress Asks If ‘Somebody Mentioned Christmas’

Manchester based singer songwriter Ben Turner performs as The Waitress, and with thoughtful storytelling, combined with bursts of energy and intensity, creates music which is a seamless blend of folk, jazz, country, and pop.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 12 – Avril Lavigne’s ‘Tell Me It’s Over’ Precedes Release Of New Album ‘Head Above Water’

Grammy nominated, global superstar Avril Lavigne has released her latest single, ‘Tell Me It’s Over’, accompanied by a seasonally appropriate music video. The single comes before the release of her hotly anticipated sixth studio album, ‘Head Above Water’.

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