She & Him feature the somewhat unlikely pairing of country-folk artist M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel. While starring in the 2007 film The Go-Getter, Deschanel was asked by director Martin Hynes to perform a duet with Ward, who had agreed to helm the movie's soundtrack. The two recorded a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson's "When I Get to the Border" and later reconvened in Portland, where they began recording Deschanel's own songs (which the actress had previously kept secret) in Ward's studio. Drawing upon analog production techniques and a shared love of vintage pop bands, the duo emerged with Volume One, a collection of covers and originals that introduced Deschanel as a singer/songwriter in her own right. Released in March 2008, Volume One received support from a number of critics, with Paste magazine even deeming it the year's best album. Backup vocalist Becky Stark joined the group for a summer-long tour, after which Deschanel and Ward began working on a second album, with Deschanel taking a quick break from the recording sessions to marry Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Volume Two arrived in early 2010, cracking the Billboard Top Ten during its first week and paving the way for another successful tour. Drawing inspiration from classic holiday offerings from the likes of the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, and Vince Guaraldi, Ward and Deschanel's third outing under the moniker found the duo tackling their first collection of Christmas music. The resulting A Very She & Him Christmas arrived in October 2011. ~ Andrew LeaheyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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