Gruff Rhys' Atheist Xmas EP

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Gruff Rhys, sometime Super Furry Animal and recent recipient of the inaugural Welsh Music Prize, has announced details of a singularly non-god-bothery Christmas release entitled the Atheist Xmas EP.

Atheist Xmas EP

Released on 19 December, the secularist EP is described as "an unholy trinity of three turkey-free new tracks for the festive season".

Post Apocalypse Christmas sees Gruff re-imagining Christmas "through the semi-melted eyes of a nuclear holocaust survivor". At The End Of The Line also features in the soundtrack for Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart's semi-autobiographical short film Long Distance Information. Slashed Wrists This Christmas "addresses the seasonal [but] taboo subjects of manic depression and suicide".

Cheery stuff. But I'd imagine in Gruff's svelte hands, three tracks of more invention in one bar than X Factor's inevitable Number One. Don't forget, in the run-up to this festive season, you can check out our Welsh Number Ones page with information on our four Christmas chart-toppers.

Gruff Rhys will also be making three in-store record shop appearances on 19 December, to coincide with the EP's release. He'll play solo sets at Cardiff's Spillers Records at midday, Bristol's Rise at 3pm and London's Rough Trade East at 8pm.

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