Peter Unger - 'Christmas Cards'
Reviewed by Aaron Cloutier & Staff
Crisp acoustic guitars, spacious synths, warm resonant piano keys married with a quasi country style croon with rich vibrato are the hallmarks of “Christmas Cards” by singer songwriter and pastor Peter Unger.
Peter’s work draws inspiration from a variety of genres. Listeners will be able to pick up elements of Folk, Gospel, Celtic and the aforementioned Country influence in “Christmas Cards”. Though void of any percussive elements here, the rhythm is solid in part due to Peter’s strong sense of timing.
Though a holiday song, the lyrical content is not surprisingly centered around more spiritual themes as depicted in lyrics such as…
“And in the darkest night
There glows a wondrous light
That shows the place
for all the world to see
Joyful singing upon high
A host of Angels glorify”
The mix is very bright compared to a number of contemporaries I’ve heard lately. This compliments the guitars in particular to my ear as there’s a brightness to them that stands out. The sonic landscape of the song as a whole is bathed in a healthy helping of reverb that brings an atmospheric element and even a subtle ethereal-like vibe to the song which is very appealing. It serves to further accentuate the spiritual context of the lyrical content.
Overall, “Christmas Cards” has everything that makes a mighty contender in the realm of Christmas music. If you’re a fan of gospel infused folk, I think you’ll find this to be a welcomed addition to your collection.
Stream on Spotify.
About Peter Unger
Peter Unger is a pastor and part time college instructor. Originally a native of Vermont, he now lives in Pennsylvania. His songs are written within a variety of genres including folk, country, Gospel, and Celtic music. He tries to write songs that will reach a broad spectrum of spiritual seekers where they are at spiritually.
Common themes in his music are the healing love and Grace of God. Pastor Unger has primarily performed his songs during the worship services of the churches he has served. He sees sharing his songs online as an extension of his ministry.