Trolley’s Star Of Wonder comes on heels of the Milwaukee-based band’s well-crafted CD, Things That Shine And Glow (see December 12th post). Think of it as a Christmas bonus for power pop fans. The EP, which features three originals and two cover versions of well-known carols, is filled with ringing guitars, harmony vocals, and energetic arrangements.
“Describe Eternity” is least yule-inclined of the bunch; it’s an irresistible love song with lines like, “I know that eternity is you here with me.” The mid-tempo “It’s Christmas” deals with loneliness during the holiday season, and “Christmas In The Marketplace” explores complex emotions amidst all the gift shopping and cookie baking. “We Three Kings” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” stand out for the way Trolley stays true to the original sentiment of these classics while reinventing them in a power pop vein.
Just one question: What the heck is on the cover? My guess is a Beatles doll wearing a Santa hat. Star Of Wonder is available as a digital download on Trolley’s bandcamp page and could be a last minute present for that power pop fan on your Christmas list.