Indie-pop duo [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]She & Him[/lastfm] are bringing Christmas lovers their take on one the most celebrated holidays of the year with the release of A Very She & Him Christmas.
The duo, led by two of music’s most impressive artists - [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Zooey Deschanel[/lastfm] (She) & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]M. Ward[/lastfm] (Him), have dropped two full length LP’s to date and have become one of the most loved indie bands of the last few years. Led by the strength of their last two albums, Volume One and Volume Two, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]She & Him[/lastfm] take a crack at a holiday record and the result is a clear success on many levels.
Click play below to check out the video for Thieves, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]She & Him[/lastfm]’s last single from 2010’s Volume Two:
Serving as the bands third full length record, A Very She & Him Christmas is more than a gift for new and old fans of the band. Inspired by quintessential holiday albums of the past by the likes of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Carpenters[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Vince Guaraldi[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]She & Him[/lastfm] set out to bring new emotions out of old songs on their first attempt at a Christmas LP.
The emotion is certainly present and as a whole, the record comes off as a fittingly quaint, sublime holiday record that preserves the bands sound, and is extremely easy to sit back and listen to while reflecting on the season. While there is no question that the album encompasses the essence of their sound, it is a slight departure from previous releases as the record shows the duo stepping back slightly from the layered, lush aesthetics that highlight their signature sound.
Click play below to give a listen to the first single from the album - Baby, It’s Cold Outside:
The way in which the record differs from previous releases is where it thrives, especially on the more stripped down songs like The Christmas Song, where only a guitar and vocals take centerstage. The inclusion of album’s more upbeat numbers like Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree also hold up strong in comparison, balancing out slower songs and making the record very dynamically complete .
The full track list for A Very She & Him Christmas is as follows:
- The Christmas Waltz
- Christmas Day
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Christmas Wish
- Sleigh Ride
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- Silver Bells
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- Blue Christmas
- Little Saint Nick
- The Christmas Song