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.
Two of the Chapin sisters backed She & Him when I saw them a few weeks ago at the Nateva Festival. Their harmonies were right on and added so much to the tone of Zooey Deshanel’s voice. I recently checked out some of their own music and I love it! It’s got a dark and sometimes haunting quality…very different from the feel-good music of She & Him. Check out this tune, “Let Me Go” from the sisters’ Oh, Hear The Wind Blow EP:
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:
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…
There has been a lot of great new music pouring into the station, so I hope to put out a NEW Music Preview at least once a month to share some of my favorites. Click below to listen, it’s only about 2 and 1/2 minutes long.