Emmy The Great: ‘The glut of Christmas albums could be a sign of the Mayan apocalypse’

Singer tries to explain the spate of festive LPs released this year…

Emmy The Great says that either an impending apocalypse or musicians being strapped for cash are the reasons behind the glut of Christmas albums released this year.

The singer, who released her festive collaboration ‘This Is Christmas’ with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler on November 21, told the Daily Star that bands are forced to be more creative with their output as they can’t “wait for the money to roll in anymore”.

This year, Zooey Deschanel’s She And Him released ‘A Very She And Him Christmas’ on October 24, while Editors‘ frontman Tom Smith and former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows teamed up to record ‘Funny Looking Angels’, which was released on November 28 under the Smith & Burrows moniker.

With Super Furry Animals‘ singer Gruff Rhys also set to release his ‘Atheist Xmas’ EP on Decemer 19 as well, Emmy The Great joked:

I have two theories. It’s either a sign of the Mayan apocalypse coming next year or it’s to do with record sales. I think artists are forced to be more creative now. You can’t just sit back and wait for the money to roll in any more. You have to keep busy.

Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler are set to take their festive album on the road this month.

The pair will be starting with a Rise in-store mini tour on December 10, which will see them playing branches in Worcester (1pm), Cheltenham (3pm) and Bristol (6pm). They then play London Bush Hall on December 14 and London Rough Trade East on December 15.