The six-song EP has holiday standards, such as “Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating,” as well as the original songs “Alabaster” and “Night’s Falling.”
Andrew Bird said in a statement:
I’ve never had the impulse to make a holiday record until last February. I found myself enjoying the Vince Guaraldi Peanuts records and thought I’d book a few days in the studio. It was an excuse to play some classic jazz with my favorite musicians. A lot of folks have a hard time with the holidays but they serve a purpose to us as a people—to create comfort, warmth and atmosphere within the darkness and the cold that can crush one’s spirit. There are a couple originals in here that address this idea of light and warmth in the darkness as well as some classics that have some nostalgic resonance with me. Hark! What sounds come flowing alabaster?