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  • Release Date: December 19, 2023

There are too few pessimistic holiday songs generally, and even fewer pessimistic New Year’s Eve songs specifically. “New Year’s Reprieve” is Bad Moves’ contribution towards filling that shortage. It’s a song about following your lowest lows with your highest highs and about the inevitable comedowns the mornings after. It’s about asking the question, “Over a lifetime, will you see more highs than lows?” and knowing either answer is disingenuous. Still, in a time of year marked by compulsory optimism, the lows can hit harder than ever — and that’s something worth singing about. We hope this song will sit well next to “Fairytale of New York” (rest in power Shane and Kirsty) on a depressing holiday mixtape for someone out there.

1. New Year's Repireve