Review: They Called Me Phoebe – “Alone Under My Christmas Tree”


In the festive spirit of the holiday season, Hamburg’s very own singer-songwriter, They Called Me Phoebe, delivers a poignant and melancholic Christmas ballad titled “Alone Under My Christmas Tree.” Known for her signature autumnal melancholy, Phoebe’s latest track encapsulates the bittersweet emotions that often accompany the holiday season.

The song, released as a special treat for Christmas, follows Phoebe’s earlier successes with two singles in autumn 2022 and the EP “Overthinking” in September 2023. “Alone Under My Christmas Tree” stands out as a piano-driven ballad, adding a touch of heartfelt emotion to the seasonal music landscape.

The beauty of Phoebe’s music lies in its ability to evoke specific emotions, and “Alone Under My Christmas Tree” is no exception. The track paints a vivid picture of solitude during the holidays, capturing the essence of being alone by the fire or candlelight and under the Christmas tree. It speaks to those who may be missing the love of their life, either absent or yet to arrive.

The instrumentation is carefully crafted, incorporating elements such as glockenspiel, cymbals, strings, cello, and Rhodes piano. These components come together to create a dreamy and comforting atmosphere, enhancing the song’s ability to connect with the listener on an emotional level. The sweet spot at 2.29 minutes, where the bridge seamlessly transitions into the final chorus, adds a delightful touch to the overall composition.

“They Called Me Phoebe” is known for her ability to infuse personal reflections into her songwriting. In “Alone Under My Christmas Tree,” she continues this trend, exploring themes of old friendships, relationship attempts, and personal development. The song encourages listeners to embrace their feelings, offering a sense of solace and understanding during a time often associated with joyous gatherings.

For those who appreciate a “Bitter Sweet Indie” vibe, They Called Me Phoebe’s earlier works like “Cherry Nut Macaroons” might be the perfect recommendation. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a track with a drive and a pop rock guitar hook, “Mad Adventures” is another gem worth exploring.

In conclusion, “Alone Under My Christmas Tree” by They Called Me Phoebe is a beautifully crafted Christmas ballad that manages to capture the delicate balance between holiday cheer and the solitude that some may experience during this time. It’s a song that encourages introspection and resonates with those seeking a more contemplative and emotionally rich holiday soundtrack. The sweet spot at 2.29 minutes is indeed a magical moment in this wistful and comforting musical journey.

Enjoy Below.

Written by
Barbie Edonia


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