One of my favorite Christmas albums is a little EP that Low released back in 1999. It collected eight Christmas traditionals and classics and rendered them in the trio’s inimitable style: hushed, solemn, and reverent. For example:

Now, seventeen years later, Low have released a new Christmas song titled ​“Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” with this message:

To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to lift each other.

As is Low’s wont, ​“Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” is a soft, hushed affair full of plucked guitars and swirling, ambient sounds. Mimi Parker takes the lead here, and her voice has rarely been lovelier as she sings ​“Some hearts will break at Christmas time/​Our hearts are made to hope, to find.”

As is the case with many of Low’s songs, the lyrics are cryptic and open to interpretation. A rejection of what Christmas has come to represent? A simple acknowledgement of the loneliness many feel during the holidays? Yes and yes, probably, and more.

On a related note, Low is currently doing a series of Christmas concerts throughout the UK and Ireland, where they’ll likely perform ​“Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” alongside some of their earlier Yuletide compositions.

Via Treble.