A surprise release on Friday (October 22), the lead song sees Curnow step away from her jaunty bubblegum pop roots, slowing down the tempo and singing soulfully over a bed of deep, warbly sub bass, shimmery xylophones and a sharp, propulsive 808 beat. The track also utilises heavily stacked vocal harmonies to add a notable brightness.
Have a listen to ‘I’ve Been Bad, Santa’ below:
As for the single’s B-side, ‘Christmas Kinda Sucks’, fans can expect more of the energetic indie-pop that earned Curnow her breakout earlier in the year. The track is driven by hazy, effects-drenched guitars and thumping synth bass, with Curnow’s autotune-flourished vocals soaring over the mix.
As its title implies, ‘Christmas Kinda Sucks’ eschews the typically nostalgic and romantic fare associated with Christmas music, as Curnow sings: “This tree looks kinda high, then again so do I / Can’t smoke up a mistletoe, but damn I tried / I hate this winter theme, it’s 38 degrees / A bump’s the only snow I’ll ever see.”
Check out ‘Christmas Kinda Sucks’ below:
‘I’ve Been Bad, Santa’ comes as Curnow’s fifth Peach PRC release for 2021, following the singles ‘Josh’ and ‘Symptomatic’ – released in February and June, respectively – and acoustic versions of both. She also teamed up with LA-based house producer Leat’eq in July, dropping the collaborative single ‘Tokyo (Bubblegum)’.
The new release pre-empts her forthcoming single ‘Heavy’, which is set to land on November 5 via Republic / Universal. Curnow previewed the track on TikTok earlier this week, showing off a more reflective and melancholic sound. It comes almost a year after she first teased the track, with an earlier preview posted last November.