Another Christmas album. What are the chances that two great duos would release Christmas albums this season? The Gods, or Father Christmas' elves really are showering us with musical gifts.
Hollywood actress and singer-songwriter Zoeey Deschanel and guitarist and singer-songwriter M. Ward make up the delightful She & Him. I would advise anyone unfamiliar with the collaboration to acquaint themselves with their previous albums 'She & Him Volume 1' and 'She & Him Volume 2', they are must have hits which can never fail to cheer you up. They describe their music on their website as appropriate 'for an eternal springtime' and as such a Christmas album might seem a strange venture for the pair. Anyone who has seen Deschanel in 'Elf' will probably associate her with Christmas songs anyway, but I find their music so indulgent and warming (albeit summery) that it can only be further enhanced by a Christmas theme. 'A Very She & Him Christmas' is set to be a much softer, more acoustic album and the first single of the album 'The Christmas Waltz' is available here. This song really made me long for snow, the gentleness of Deschanel's country voice and the old-Hollywood richness of sound is enough to make you feel Christmassy at Easter. The album consists of 12 covers including 'Baby, it's Cold Outside' which I expect they'll make an 100% improvement on from the cover by Cerys Matthews and Tom Jones (shudder).
'A Very She & Him Christmas' comes on sale 24th October, you can pre-order it now here and have it shipped with their very own She & Him wrapping paper or spend a little extra and get some winter warmer She & Him mittens or bobble hat to go with you purchase. If like me, you're not made of dollars and the cost of shipping alone is all your Christmas purchasing done, then you could get it on the 24th and buy yourself some new mittens as a treat!