She & Him – I Could’ve Been Your Girl
Kisses – Huddle
Kodaline – Love Like This
Ain’t love a kick in the head?
VICTORY – Bad Man
Glad-handing everyone he meets.
Wampire – Orchards
Well he came down to Earth and he lit in a tree.
She & Him – Don’t Look Back (the wave of the past)
Peter Bjorn & John – Breaker Breaker (high-contrast heartbreakers)
Times New Viking – No Room to Live (artists of Columbus unite)
Screaming Females – Wild (paper instruments make a lot of noise)
Chilly Gonzalez – You Can Dance (T&A)
And, in a special double entry, Gaggle. A 22-piece alt-choir with effing crazy videos. LOVE IT.
Gaggle – I Hear Flies
Gaggle – The Brilliant and The Dark
She & Him‘s recent release, Volume Two, brings more retro love from Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Where Volume One paid homage to sparkling girl-group numbers and classic-country hits, Volume Two focuses more on an earlier singer-songwriter bent.
Ward and Deschanel hit a perfect balance; Deschanel’s siren song is perfectly cradled by Ward’s melodies. Arpeggios, small-group harmonies, and lyrics like “a love like ours is terrible news / but that won’t stop me crying over you” transport listeners to a time most of them never experienced, while still being relevant and more than just a throwback.
“Thieves” and “In the Sun” are early favorites, with “Home” close on their heels with its guitar solo, hand claps, and topsy-turvy signature changes. Truth be told, everything on Volume Two is fairly lovable – proving that more than just the stars aligned to make She & Him an ongoing project and not just a one-off that left us longing.
Volume Two dropped 03.23.10.
Downloads, tour dates, and more here.