“Never Wanted Your Love”
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward will release their third album as She & Him on May 9th. Volume 3 sounds very promising based on this single:
She & Him will be performing in Boston this summer if you want to catch them live…June 10th at the Bank Of America Pavilion.
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“Caught Me Thinkin'”
I’ve been really loving the Bahamas album Barchords the past few days. Thanks to B for the suggestion! Bahamas is the stage name for Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen who used to work with Feist. He’s recently released this sophomore album, and I think it’s really wonderful. At times he reminds me of M. Ward, and other times his voice is remniscent of Amos Leee, but the music is always somewhat restrained…as if the silence is as important as the notes in between. When you hear Bahamas, you may think tropical beachy music, and this is probably the only track on the album that really matches up with that idea:
M. Ward – “The First Time I Ran Away”
This song is so beautiful…and I expected nothing less from M. Ward. His new solo album, A Wasteland Companion, will be out on April 10th and it’s one of a handful of albums I’m REALLY looking forward to this year. While Matt Ward has done great work with both Monsters Of Folk and She & Him the past few years, I’m a big fan of his solo stuff. His last album of solo material, Hold Time, was one of my favorite albums of 2007.
M. Ward – “Rave On”
I think the fall weather is bringing me back to certain music. Like M. Ward. Here he covers a Buddy Holly tune and Mike Please directs a genius video (he’s the same guy who did that amazing video for Ingrid Michaelson’s tune, “Maybe”). Check it out:
M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel got together to make some music in 2008 and the result was an ambiguous moniker and an album called Volume One. While a lot of collaborative projects don’t last, She & Him was incredibly well received… so Volume Two came out earlier this year. As a huge fan of breezy, happy, feel-good music, I’ve always enjoyed what I’ve heard of She & Him. And I was stoked to see them perform live at the Nateva Festival this past weekend.
What a day to enjoy music outdoors! Saturday was 80 degrees and sunny…the perfect weather for sunshiny tunes. When I first head Dechanel’s voice, I was struck by how pure and clean it sounded live. Her backup singers added the perfect amount of oohs and ahhhhs while M. Ward brilliantly led the rest of the band on guitar. This music is like a blast from the past… it definitely sounds like it’s from another era.
Many are surprised to learn that (actor turned singer) Deschanel writes almost all of She & Him’s songs. In fact, she wrote her first song at age 8! Today, at 30 years old, her lyrics still have a light, childlike quality about them. “There are a lot of people who write music so that they can take their audience to a dark night of their own soul or to get something really heavy off their chest. I don’t think Zooey looks at music that way… certain people write songs to make other people feel good.” -M. Ward
Take a listen, and hopefully She & Him will brighten your day:
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She & Him – “In The Sun”
I woke up with this catchy tune in my head. Perhaps it was wishful thinking… since it’s another damp, gray day. I was talking first to my boss and then to a friend about She & Him and how it’s hard to decide whether I like the music itself or if it’s the collaboration of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel that draws me in. Ultimately it really is FEEL GOOD music, which I’m definitely fond of. And I just can’t help but think everything M. Ward touches is gold…
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M. Ward – Hold Time
No exaggeration…from the first strum of “For Beginners” (track #1), M. Ward had me sucked into his album Hold Time. This is one of those albums that comes out early in the year (February) but cannot (and should not) be forgotten when ‘Best Of’ lists are made in December. I remember reading an article where the interviewer asked M. Ward how he would label himself…”People have had a lot of fun labeling you—You’re a modern folk interpreter. You’re an acoustic retro whisperer. Label yourself.” And he answered simply, “Guitarist.”