She & Him is the seemingly unlikely pairing of the effervescent actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and the sought-after guitarist M. Ward. The pair hit the scene in 2008 with the album Volume One, with Deschanel writing the songs and Ward producing. The two share a musical taste that looks to the past. "I would say all my influences are older, more classic songwriters," Deschanel elaborates, "from Cole Porter and Gershwin to Carole King and Roy Orbison and Bobbie Gentry, the things I gravitate toward are older and more worn." Paste Magazine named Volume One its Album-of-the-Year. The BBC declared, "All the ups and downs of young romance are faithfully recreated in loving fidelity and a variety of styles to evoke that teary-eyed yesteryear pop ambience." Spin simply decided, "They both seem to be having a blast." The two followed the same process for Volume Two. This time, the harmonies grew more angelically layered, the string arrangements more dramatic, the songwriting even sharper and more confident. But, as with Volume One, the prevailing mood is bittersweet, dreamy, and romantic. Volume Three will be released in 2013.
Genre: Indie Pop
Tilly And The Wall formed in 2001 in Omaha from the ground up. Their first release "Woo!" (2003) was recorded in the garage of fellow musician Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), self-published, and distributed at shows in the Omaha area. Their debut LP Wild Like Children (2004) was the flagship release on Oberst’s own label, and propelled them to national tours with Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, and Of Montreal. The band is known for their high energy on stage and their signature tap dancer in lieu of a drummer. Their latest album Heavy Mood was released in October 2012.
Genre: Indie Pop
NEWS 3.7.13: SHE & HIM DEBUTS FIRST SONG FROM VOLUME 3 – “NEVER WANTED YOUR LOVE”
Click title to hear. “Never Wanted Your Love” is one of many incredible tunes on Volume 3, which will be released on May 7, 2013 on Merge Records. Volume 3 is another exciting chapter in singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel and guitarist/producer M. Ward’s unique collaboration. Of course, She & Him is not just about the time that Deschanel and Ward manage to spend in a studio together; theirs is a remarkable, year-round dialogue that began serendipitously on a film project in 2007 and has flourished ever since. Deschanel and Ward are like 21st century pen pals, emailing music files back and forth from whatever recording studio, sound stage or dressing room they happen to be in. We get to periodically share in this exuberant exchange as they display their passion for, and knowledge of, a wide range of music – from classic country to vintage pop, no frills rock and roll to grandly overdubbed Wall Of Sound drama.
In Volume 3, they’ve created an effortlessly effervescent, bleached-out-in-the-sun pop record, featuring some of the most dynamic, complex songs Deschanel has ever written. The album allows for tempo shifts, disco grooves, string arrangements on multiple tracks, and horn flourishes that perfectly suit the She & Him sound.
Partial list - Tour dates
6/21/13 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
6/22/13 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
6/23/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
6/25/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Gardens with Tilly and the Wall