LABEL: Merge Records
CAT NO: MRG324LP
1. Sentimental Heart (2:36)
2. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (2:30)
3. This Is Not a Test (3:30)
4. Change Is Hard (3:03)
5. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today (2:49)
6. Take It Back (2:37)
7. I Was Made for You (2:31)
8. You Really Got a Hold on Me (4:01)
9. Black Hole (2:09)
10. Got Me (2:45)
11. I Should Have Known Better (3:41)
12. Sweet Darlin’ (2:30)
13. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1:46)
SHE & HIM – Volume One
LP – Black Vinyl
(LP includes a coupon for a full download.)
This is the musical debut from M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, paired together by director Martin Hynes to perform the Richard and Linda Thompson tune “When I Get to the Border” for his film The Go-Getter. Their match sparked the idea for Volume One.
They were immediately struck by one another’s talents and finding an instant rapport, Zooey let slip that she wrote her own songs which she recorded alone at home on her computer. Somewhat shy about anyone hearing these musical morsels she eventually sent the demos to Matt who was instantly impressed. They soon reconvened at his Portland studio to begin work. Embracing the warm sound of early analog recordings, Volume One is more than just a showcase for Zooey’s rich and endearing voice; it’s a distinctive and endlessly charming album.
The songs themselves give a respectful nod to the likes of Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt and The Zombies while Matt’s production gives them just the right amount of golden era sheen. whether Zooey’s channeling Ronnie Spector as on ‘I Was Made For You’ or joining Matt in turning The Beatles ‘I Should Have Known Better‘ into a seductive hula guitar duet, the results are always captivating.
See below for tracklisting…