She & Him
She & Him feature the unlikely pairing of country-folk artist M.Ward and actress/singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel. While staring in the 2007 film the Go-Getter, Deschanel was asked by the director of the film to perform a duet with Ward, who had agreed to take on the movies soundtrack. The two recorded a cover of Richard & Lydia Thompson's 'When I Get to the Border' and later reconvened in Portland, where they began recording some of Deschanel's original songs which she had previously kept a complete secret. Drawing upon analog production techniques and a shared love of vintage pop bands, the duo emerged with Volume One, a collection of songs that introduced Deschanel as a singer/songwriter in her own right. Released in 2008,Volume One received support from a number of critics, with Paste Magazine even deeming it the year's best album. The duo soon embarked on a summer-long tour, after which Deschanel and Ward began work on a second album. Volume Two arrived in early 2010, cracking the Billboard Top Ten during its first week and paving the way for another successful tour. Drawing inspiration from classic holiday offerings from the likes of the Carpenters and the Beach Boys, Ward and Deschanel's third outing found them tackling their first collection of christmas music.