I probably don’t need to do a whole of introduction for musical duo She & Him. But for those few who don’t know, She & Him is the musical collaboration of actress-singer Zooey Deschanel, she of tv show New Girl and movie (500) Days of Summer and guitarist M Ward, he of bands Bright Eyes and Monsters of Folk. With the breakout success of New Girl, I find it pretty cool that Zooey still devotes time to her musical projects.
She & Him‘s newest album, appropriately titled Volume 3, is the third volume of their burgeoning discography. As you might expect from a She & Him record, Volume 3 is a collection of pleasant AM-style tunes from Zooey and Ward, very similar to their earlier two volumes, albeit one that is more downbeat and more serene (there is less of the trademark Zooey perky manic-pixieness in this record). While some might consider pleasant as derogatory, I meant this description in the best compliment possible. Volume 3 is a warm, relaxing record, perfect for Sunday mornings while you’re eating brunch.
Volume 3 also finds Zooey the singer more at front and center and at her most confident. M. Ward has quietly shifted himself from co-singer and player to background music arranger, content in letting Zooey have the spotlight. And Zooey definitely has seized that spotlight. I remember back when Volume 1 first came out, Zooey’s voice in the album sounded pretty timid and awkward. And there were reports during that first tour that Zooey looked uncomfortable on stage. But listening to Volume 3, you can hear that this side of Zooey is no more. A warm little Sunday record.
Listen to singles I Could’ve Been Your Girl and Never Wanted Your Love embedded below.
She & Him – Volume 3 comes out 5/7 via Merge (order here)