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Last year, Josh Bolof, the local producer who goes by Stres, created a sad-sack, sleigh bell-ringing Christmas carol called "Nothing Feels Like Home Anymore." This

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Stres' New Holiday Song 'Christmas Is Here (You're Still Gone)' Features Erik Foster of the Dirty Sidewalks and an Australian Nun

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Last year, Josh Bolof, the local producer who goes by Stres, created a sad-sack, sleigh bell-ringing Christmas carol called "Nothing Feels Like Home Anymore." This year, he's back representing those of us who feel that the holidays are sort of a depressing drag. ("Once again it's the Holiday season," he wrote me in an email, "and once again, I wrote a sad Christmas song.") Bolof's holiday composition this year is a collaboration with Erik Foster of the Dirty Sidewalks. "Christmas Is Here (You're Still Gone)," says Bolof, is "dedicated to the spirit of being alone on the most jolliest time of the year." It is a contemplative and solemnly beautiful track built around a vocal sample from Sister Irene O'Connor, an Australian nun who released a spiritually psychedelic album in 1976 called Fire of God's Love/Songs to Ignite The Spirit. The sample, from O'Connor's song "Fire," is a genius find.

See also: Band of Brother - Stres pours pain into his music, and gets love in return.

The calming male voice heard next to O'Connor's is Foster. My favorite moment is 3:37: I love a well-executed false ending. Check out the song and lyrics after the jump.

It's raining again so I left the door open

I hear you coming, or at least I'm hoping

I want to call you on your telephone

If you aren't going with me, then Im leaving all alone

Too many places that I know I can't stay

Too many reasons why I want to go away

The lights keep blinking and the air stays cold

I never stopped dreaming, but I know I'm getting old

Time moves in circles, but stays the same

I'm staying true just like my aim

I'll tell you everything you want to know

And you can listen if you wanna

 
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