“New Girl” plays retro songs—She & Him release Volume 3


You think you can creep in the shadows
While you figure it out
I’ve listened to enough of all your stuff to fill a book or two
And you can tell everyone I’ve got your number, son

Cause I can shine my light on you

—From “I’ve Got Your Number, Son” by She & Him

Fans of indie pop duo She & Him won’t be disappointed with the third record, Volume 3. Indie songstress/New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel and folk artist/multi-instrumentalist M. Ward have released 14 sunny, throwback tracks consisting of three covers and 11 originals, penned by Deschanel and arranged by Ward.

Guests include Mike Watt, Rilo Kiley’s Pierre De Reeder and NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato, while covers include “Hold Me,Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “Baby” and a stellar, French-infused rendition of Blondie’s “Sunday Girl.” The Beach Boys’ influence can be heard on the fiesty opener, “I’ve Got Your Number, Son” (could this be about ex-hubby, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie?). There are more references to heartbreak in “Turn to White” and “Shadow of Love,” but most of the songs have an upbeat retro-pop feel with the addition of strings on various tracks.

While Wards’s voice would have been a welcome addition to some songs, Volume 3 is another success story for She & Him if you pine for more reverb, handclaps and other Wall of Sound theatrics.

You can see She & Him at Central Park’s Summerstage on July 6th, with special guests Camera Obscura.

For more info: www.sheandhim.com

lisa heffernan

Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.