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london based singer-songwriter emmy the great and ash frontman tim wheeler are taking on the festive might of wizzard and wham by releasing a christmas album. 'this is christmas' contains nine self-penned songs plus a phil spector song, with one track, 'christmas day (i wish i was surfing)'. recorded under the working name 'sleigher' the duo recorded 'this is christmas' in a snow bound sussex last december and in, a not so festive, new york in may and is a much needed departure from the typical seasonal schmaltz cluttering office parties and high street shops during the period. the songs feature seasonal odes to long lost loves you only see at the most wonderful time of the year and dedications to mrs christmas- "she must sit at home on xmas eve seething, 'cos she's on her own again" emmy said.
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