The Loom winds down ’11 with version of 'Auld Lang Syne'

This seems like a fitting way to wrap up 2011: Listening to New York group The Loom play “Auld Lang Syne” in beautifully melancholy fashion.

And despite the revelry, there is something melancholy about New Year’s, a bittersweetness as one year fades into the next. The Loom’s version of the old Scottish folk tune captures it perfectly with a muted arrangement that emphasizes the vocal interplay and stunning harmony between John Fanning and Sarah Renfro. (There’s more where that came from on “Teeth,” the Loom’s long-awaited debut, which came out this year, though Renfro has since succeeded former member Sidney Price on vocals.)

Put this back-to-back with “New Year’s Eve” from Tom Waits’ new album and you have a hell of a way to wind down the evening. Whatever you do, be safe, have fun and Happy New Year, from Listen, Dammit, to all of you.

Photo by Sterling Taylor

The Loom “Auld Lang Syne” by Riot Act

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