It’s not even Halloween, yet the stores are already full of Christmas-themed merchandise to get us in the mood. Leave it to Erasure to combine the two holidays for a darkly gothic take on a sacred Latin Christmas Carol. The production has a ’90s Enigma and Erasure vibe (circa “Chorus”) with an updated beat similar to a minimalist Dr. Luke track. Much of the buzz will be on the stop-motion animation video done by Martin Meunier (Monkeybone/Starship Troopers) and Tonya Hurley (ghost girl), which feels very ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.” It’s kind of cool that this creative collaboration is with a member of the family (Tonya’s sister Tracy is married to Vince Clarke). If you tend to wear a lot of black and/or ever listened to Siouxie or The Cure, “Gaudete” is the holiday song for you. As the lead single to the holiday-themed ‘Snowglobe,” it will be interesting to see what Erasure explores on the rest album.
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