Saturday night, I joined a couple thousand other people at New York’s Terminal 5 to catch She & Him, a band fronted by the velvety vocals of M. Ward and the angelic stylings of lead singer Zooey Deschanel. You may remember Zooey showed of some of her vocal talents in the film Elf, where her singing basically propelled Santa’s sleigh back into the sky. Well, after seeing her live, something tells me she was almost holding her talent back in the movie, as her “actual” singing voice carried all the way upstairs, and was just pure and delightful. While she is just a smidge too modest while on stage, the concert was a huge success. I’ve been listening to the She & Him: Volume 1 album ever since (i.e. for about 36 hours now). It’s a little old fashioned, a little June Carter Cashy, and sort of like songs that you’ve heard before, reimagined. In other words, pleasant and slightly addictive. And if I owned a car in this nightmare city, I gather it would make great driving music. I have instead opted to upload it to the miniature Zune I was recently given, and can vouch that it also makes great subwaying music. So, you know, check it out and such.
Here’s their slowed down cover of “You Really Got a Hold on Me”. (Photo via Familiar Snorkel)