Welcome to your Christmas anthem, 2020. The stakes were already high, what with a back catalogue that has stacked up well over 1.6billion streams, a Insta following just shy of 1million and a huge fan in the shape of Dolly Parton, but the pressure hasn’t got to For KING & Country, arguably the biggest duo in Country music right now. Because ‘Little Drummer Boy’ is a revelation.
Taken from their seasonal album A Drummer Boy Christmas, For KING & Country’s reimagining of one of the most iconic festive songs of all time is a reverential yet utterly original musical tour de force.
There are actual drums, and lots of them. More than you’ve probably heard on any version of Little Drummer Boy. Then there are the vocals; brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, whether soaring solo or in gorgeous harmony, are never knowingly not powerhouse. There are strings that stand in for snow and percussion for that Christmas sparkle, all wrapped up in The Greatest Showman-style drama. This ‘Little Drummer Boy’ cuts across all tastes and thrills everyone.
The video, too, will get you right there, all high-gloss drama and epic landscapes. But we know, you probably think you’ve heard Little Drummer Boy before, but this has set a brand new standard. Get that mulled wine on.