Though it’s nearly a month after Christmas, Dream Reporter’s cover of Low’s “Just Like Christmas” with the samples of ye olde domestic violence that might occur during the holiday season gives a bit of an edge to the presentation. Fortunately, the song’s sentiment reflects that reality obliquely with the metaphor of the lack of trappings of Christmas as the lack of goodwill and tranquility. The vocals have enough of an emotionally fragile quality to express a yearning for something nurturing and imbued with mutual affection over the tense social climate that too many of us encounter during that time of the year. Yes, the song is an acknowledgment of that reality but also of the dysfunction of the pressure of expectation for people to perform benevolence when their lives and psyches may be more challenging. It could be enjoyed as a nice and spare rendition of a song by a band whose thematic complexity encompasses the double meaning of the lyrics but that opening sample gives the proper context and makes what could be another hackneyed Christmas song an uncommon depth of meaning. Listen to Dream Reporter’s cover of “Just Like Christmas” by Low on Soundcloud and follow the project at the links provided.