Autumn De Wilde.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward try to balance emotions on their second album, Volume Two.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward try to balance emotions on their second album, Volume Two. Autumn De Wilde.
Despite popular film roles, actress Zooey Deschanel is increasingly known for her other pursuit: singing. She is one half of She & Him, a collaborative effort with musician M. Ward. Their second album is inspired by the music of the 1950s and '60s.
Listen to Volume Two, and you'll hear moments reminiscent of Patsy Cline and even Dusty Springfield. But it's the unmistakable voice of Deschanel that lends She & Him their signature sound.
She writes most of the songs that appear on the album and has called herself a storyteller.
"The idea is playing with perspective and emotion," says Deschanel.
Her lyrics are dark yet embody a breezy sensibility. She says she's striving to achieve a balance of happy with sad, and Ward agrees.
"It makes for a better record," he says, "because you can listen to it in any mood you happen to be in."
Ward, who also produces for She & Him, first heard Deschanel's singing in the comedy Elf. He says her classic voice makes the production job easy.