By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer|
She and Him returned with a 14-song compilation of catchy and foot-tapping good tunes in their third album Volume 3, recently released on May 14.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward make up the band, which has become wildly popular, especially in the independent music circuit.
The band’s music is an influence from 1960s bands like The Beach Boys, well known for their breakthrough, psychedelic album, Pet Sounds, in 1966, including popular songs like “Good Vibrations.”
She and Him’s vintage fashion sense also reflects their music, both a throwback to an earlier era, but with a modern twist.
One of the songs Deschanel sings in Volume 3 is “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” first made popular by music writer Harry Noble in 1952.
Other songs stand out because of the layers of meaning to the lyrics.
Deschanel sings about how she could have been his girl and how her love interest could’ve been her four leaf clover in the song called “I Could’ve Been Your Girl.”
The imagery of the four leaf clover might reflect how lucky she would have been if the relationship had worked out, alluding to something more than just stating the obvious.
Deschanel sang about how her heart is broken and “shattered to a million and one” in “I Could’ve Been Your Girl.”
In her song called “snow queen,” Deschanel compared herself to the dark cold outside snow. She sang about not waiting by the telephone or looking out the window for her “darling.”
The lyrics suggest she felt like a “snow queen” in her failing, romantic relationship.
Deschanel’s melodic singing and the haunting tune makes “London” worth listening to more than once.
The lyrics created a vivid image of the city with traces of melancholy.
Deschanel sang about the city’s “clouds never going away” and “not shaking the sadness” but not being alone, implying the city is there with her.
Her voice sounded like she drifted along the city’s streets with the piano accompanying her in the background, making you feel transported to London.
Volume 3 and other albums are available for purchase at the Merge Records Store, ITunes, and Amazon, according to She and Him’s official website.
Deschanel has also branched out into acting, starring in movies like “Your Highness,” along side actors James Franco and Natalie Portman, and also on the hit TV show, “New Girl.”
Ward has also successfully worked on movies like “Winnie the Pooh” and TV shows like “True Blood” and “Bones.”
In addition to releasing their new album, She and Him are also hitting the road for a tour across America appearing in Toronto, Canada, according to the band’s official website.
You have the opportunity to see She and Him perform their music live onstage.
Performances in Southern California are scheduled at the SDSU Open Air Theater in San Diego on June 21 and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 23, according to the band’s official website.
Go online as soon as you can to buy She and Him’s latest album.