The Essential Advent Calendar – December 25: Alt-Pop Artists Emma Tea And Clara Thadea Present ‘Grown Up (At Christmas)’, An Intimate Festive Song Dealing With Ever-Growing Distance From Family

Written one frosty evening last December when the pair were feeling particularly nostalgic, ‘Grown Up (At Christmas)’, is peppered with humorous snippets of repetitive conversations had with loved ones during the festive season. These irritating interactions serve as a stark reminder that they no longer know one another like they once did. A song that, at its core, reflects upon the passing of time, and hears the artists express the uneasiness and disappointment of not being where they imagined they would be at this point in life.

Recorded and produced (Emma Tea, Tommy Blu) between Tileyard studios, London and Emma’s home studio, the emotive lyricism and enchanting vocals of the track are complimented by a warm bed of fingerpicked guitar, lilting violin and subtly placed glockenspiel.

A live performance of the song was well received by fans during the festive period in 2022, with their audience connecting to this common experience, encouraging Clara and Emma to record and release the song officially this year. With a fan stating the song “feels like coming home to a hug”, Grown up (at Christmas) allows the listener to feel less alone in the uncomfortable emotions that often come to the surface during a time that we anticipate to be full of joy and connection.

Grown up (at Christmas) - Emma Tea, Clara Thadea (Official Music Video)

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