The Jigsaw Seen, Winterland

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 11.15.11 in Reviews

With their melancholy melodies and bright guitar jangle, the Jigsaw Seen’s sound has always seemed strangely well-suited to the holiday season — not the Santa-stoked consumerist orgy, per se, but rather the moments of introspection and isolation that go hand-in-hand with the darkest (and sometimes loneliest) time of the year.

A welcome antidote to the sugary annual onslaught of Yuletide cheer

With Winterland, the L.A.-based psychedelic pop craftsmen have come up with the perfect Christmas album for those who have serious misgivings about “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Instead of benevolent snowmen, the Jigsaw Seen pay tribute to the “Snow Angels of Pigtown”; instead of jolly instrumentals, they present the meditative guitar raga “December”; instead of campy covers of Christmas classics, they turn in a lovely rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Circle of Steel,” complete with harmony vocals from Dave Davies of The Kinks. All told, Winterland is an agreeably frosty song-cycle that should serve as a welcome antidote to the sugary annual onslaught of Yuletide cheer.