15 March 2008

She & Him



It feels almost weird listening to She & Him's Volume One on CD - it sounds like it should be an old 45, tucked away in your dad's record collection somewhere between Patsy Cline and The Carpenters and uhh every 60s girl group ever. That might be an instant turnoff to some, but it shouldn't be. Please, don't let it be.

If you read as many blogs as I do (um not something I'm sure I should be proud of), you probably know by now that She is actress Zooey Deschanel and Him is indie-alt-folkie M. Ward. And together the pronouns join forces to create one of the most charming, old-timey albums I've heard in ages. Here's why it works: Zooey's voice is so damn effortless. She can coyly sing her way out of a paper bag if you ask me. She agily traverses sunny AM pop, twangy country ballads and melancholic folk with endearing, believable ease. I sincerely hope Volume Two is in the works. Stream the whole thing here, then run to the record store March 18 and buy it.

This is Not A Test - She & Him
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? - She & Him
Got Me - She & Him

1 comment:

Alyssa said...

Eeeek! I'm in love with these songs now and have been inspired to buy the entire album. After seeing the feature on the duo in Under the Radar I was intrigued but not really 'on board'... until now. Delightfully surprised... you guys have awesome taste in music, by the way. Thanks for the blogginess! :-)