She & Him—you know, that band that Zooey Deschanel’s in—is gearing up to release Christmas Party, their second album of Christmas tunes. Deschanel and M. Ward just shared a track from the project, their cover of the Bing Crosby classic “Happy Holiday.”
A press release described the album thusly:
She & Him bring an organic and minimalistic approach to their holiday covers. Highly produced classics get stripped down to their most fundamental elements. You won’t find any accompanying orchestra or full-piece brass bands on Christmas Party. Instead, She & Him rely on friends and family to lend a simple and authentic holiday vibe to this album, one where the guest list speaks for itself.
It really is an excellent guest list: Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley plays drums, and both The Chapin Sisters and Jenny Lewis add vocals. Even members of Deschanel’s family make appearances, her little daughter Elsie by way of an accidental baby noise in “Happy Holiday” that Deschanel thought added a family feel.
will be out tomorrow. Listen to “Happy Holiday” below, and beneath that, find the Christmas Party tracklist.
Christmas Party Tracklist:
1. All I Want for Christmas Is You
2. Let It Snow
3. Must Be Santa
4. Happy Holiday
5. Mele Kalikimaka
6. Christmas Memories
7. Run Run Rudolph
8. Winter Wonderland
9. The Coldest Night of the Year
10. A Marshmallow World
11. The Man with the Bag
12. Christmas Don’t Be Late