Christmas Steps (10:36)

Cover of Come On Die Young

From Come On Die Young and 9 other releases

“Christmas Steps” is a song by Scottish Instrumental rock group Mogwai, from the 1999 album, Come On Die Young. The original version of the song, entitled “Xmas Steps”, appears on the 1998 EP, No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew).

“Christmas Steps” is a ten minute long instrumental, in the key of C♯ minor. It is a rerecorded version of “Xmas Steps”, which is similar as it retains its basic structure and composition, but differs as it is shorter in length, performed significantly slower and features clearer dynamic contrast. The song is named after Christmas Steps, a road in Bristol, South West England. The song was featured on the 1999 compilation album, Everything Is Nice: The Matador Records 10th Anniversary Anthology, incorrectly labelled as “Xmas Steps”.

“Christmas Steps” begins with a guitar melody based around the chords of C♯ minor and A major. This is repeated until (0:36) when a second guitar begins to double the melody, with slight variations. At (1:12), one of the guitars begins to play a counter-melody, and at (1:28), the bass guitar also begins a counter-melody. At (1:47), both guitars begin playing the first counter-melody. At (2:04), one of the guitars begins playing another counter-melody, until (2:57), when the guitars begin doubling themselves again. At (3:14), the bass guitar ceases playing and the guitar strumming becomes more predominant, until (3:47), when the bass guitar suddenly begins playing a loud, slightly distorted counter-melody.


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