A Christmas-themed curio by Justin Broadrick.
This 12-inch features three tracks: the original "Christmas," a remix from Prurient and the "Life Mass" re-recording. On the "Life Mass" version, the clean guitar riff rings out like a funeral roll, and Broadrick's vocals are plaintive. Both dissolve into silence instead of disappearing into Jesu's usual shoegaze fog, which transforms "Christmas" from a novelty track into something raw and vulnerable.
Prurient's remix exposes a different part of the composition: Broadrick's emo vocals, multi-tracked and auto-tuned. Over 11 delirious minutes, they're attacked by hi-hats, bursts of fiery white noise and Prurient's own deadpan rambling, resulting in something that sounds like a wacky outtake from his 2015 album, Frozen Niagara Falls. This remix and the "Life Mass" version strip back Jesu's grandeur to create some of the project's most transfixing material.