Hollywood’s hip Zooey Deschanel and indie-rock stalwart M. Ward deliver endearingly sparse retro-pop tunes.
She & Him is comprised of Zooey Deschanel, the charismatic star of TV sitcom New Girl and blockbusters like 500 Days of Summer, and M. Ward, an experimental folk artist.
The duo first performed a song together for the 2007 film The Go-Getter and released their first album, Volume One, the next year. Its follow up, Volume Two, peaked at No. 1 on top rock and independent album charts. Volume 3, which She & Him say is an “effortlessly effervescent bleached-out-in-the-sun pop record,” will be released in May.
“With its nostalgic covers, wall-of-sound harmonies, and sunny
imagery, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward’s latest [album] is a beguiling
memory-picnic through a land where everyone is forgiving,
self-deprecating, and pleasant.”—Paste on Volume Two
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Camera Obscura is a
progressive outfit known for “creating lush indie pop with orchestral
flourishes and romantic lyrics” (AllMusic.com). Their album My Maudlin Career (2009) boasts a mix of ballads and up-tempo songs.