She & Him #5 - Stay Awhile

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Having spent their career together being told how timeless and retro their sound was, it's no real surprise that Zooey Deschanel and M Ward's She & Him are releasing an entire LP's worth of classic covers, perhaps unsurprisingly called Classics and due next week, December 1st - pre-order

Pre-release single, a faithful rendition of Dusty's "Stay Awhile" sounds like it could have been released in the 60's itself (aside from the glossy production polish), a perfect balance between of Phil Spector standard and blissfully upbeat melody which lends itself to Zooey's melt your heart vocals and M Wards's smooth guitar licks.

I don't think She & Him have played in the UK since 2010. That's got to be due to change soon? Either way, Classics promises to be a record to please listeners of any age over the Christmas holidays. 

She & Him #4 - I Could’ve Been Your Girl

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Zooey Deschanel has rightly or wrongly become a love or loathe person over the past three or four years - I guess I must fit into the former - I’d be lying if I don’t say I cringingly (at times) love watching her New Girl TV show, a programme that does little to dampen the ‘irresistibly cute girl next door image’ she’s garnered. She & Him’s third full length Volume Three doesn't attempt to change their music direction either, another album of mainly original Deschanel compositions that could easily have been made some 50 years ago…

Latest single “I Could've Been Your Girl” is exactly that, pretty but predictable, that’s cool with me though, especially when it’s as joyful as this puppy-dog sweet track where buoyant drums and gorgeous strings are played with big-wide eyes and drenched in wistful nostalgia, unashamedly pop and completely irresistible– to me at least, and that’s all that matters here.

Volume Three came out this week on, yep, baby pink vinyl and the usual formats – shop. UK shows please.

She & Him #3 - Never Wanted Your Love

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The words needed to describe She & Him's new single "Never Wanted Your Love" (the first track from their forthcoming album, Volume Three - set for release in the UK on May 13th) are hardly new ones to describe Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's joint project, I could go with "an unfettered delight" or "irresistibly charming" or "perfectly balanced between Phil Spector bombast and indie-rock cool" or even "candy-coated bliss".

Zooey's beautiful flavoured vocals shine amongst the upbeat, breezy melody with more than a little retro about it. She & Him have certainly used a safe old rhetoric of 'if it ain't broke, why fix it'. Fans of Volume One & Two see below.

She & Him #2 - Conan O'Brien Show

I think She & Him were unlucky to miss out on my top albums of the year, perhaps because their music is so super cute and summery it didn't quite seem right to include them when compiling year end lists in early December snow... They were certainly one of my most blogged / listened to bands over the summer months and I really enjoyed their Koko show back in May(?) I've everything Matt and Zooey have released so far and this lovely little version of a Christmas Classic does them no harm whatsoever, add in an utterly brilliant version of 'I Put a Spell on You' during the Conan O'Brien show (a US chat show?) and it's something well worth spending the next five minutes of your time with ... so watch below:



Here's a stream of the audio to the wonderful version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas":
She & Him - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by morrisday

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I seem to be posting a fair share of Indie / Folk duo's etc at the moment, so if you don't like them you'll probably have to wait a while for the heavier stuff to return - a bit of variety is good I think.

The new CD Volume Two is out early April, you can try the new single on the listen link. T

Review of Volume One / Buy

Generally, it's a good idea to be wary of actors who make pop albums, but every rule has at least one exception, and She and Him's VOLUME ONE is an unfettered delight. A collaboration between actress Zooey Deschanel and prolific indie-folk musician M. Ward, She and Him is not merely a case of a cult musician using a more famous name as an entry into the musical mainstream: in fact, Deschanel is the primary songwriter here and sings all the lead vocals barring a pair of duets, and she scores impressively on both fronts. Deschanel turns out to be a gifted pop songwriter with a knack for penning crisp 1960s-style pop songs like the glorious first single, "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" and singing them in a flirty, country-inflected style that recalls the likes of Jackie DeShannon and early Linda Ronstadt. Ward and an all-star band of fellow Portland, Oregon, indie-ites, including the Decemberists' Rachel Blumberg on drums, set Deschanel's songs and vocals in arrangements perfectly balanced between Phil Spector bombast and indie-rock cool. The entire album is a joyous, enchanting listen.