She & Him | Volume 3 | Merge Records | Robin’s egg Blue /500 (limited mailorder only edition!)
Last day at home before 3 weeks of tour mailbox hotness! The latest offering from Zooey D and M Ward. Blissful, summery pop jams with pristine production by M Ward. Zooey’s doing some interesting things with her deeper vocal tones. Not sure if I’m into yet. But glad to see M Ward is getting some more vocal time. And I’m always a fan of Kate Harmer’s clean, bright, & vintage looking school designs and layouts for She & Him’s records. That inner sleeve is perfection. So’s the lyrics insert with rad photography from Autumn de Wilde.
Also, it’s hard not to think Zooey’s singing at Nick Miller…
Someone please make Schmidt/Max Greenfield make a record.
Sorry for the watermark. Unless you’re a lazy eBay flipper.
She & Him | A Very She & Him Christmas | Merge Records | Clear Red | lots of fun things!
A She & Him Christmas record has been long overdue. Fans have been clamoring for a Zooey Deschanel Christmas album ever since her version of Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Leon Redbone) in the Christmas classic Elf. I can’t comment on the content of this record yet because I try not to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. At the very least, no Christmas music before Halloween. Which means I’ll probably break down on November 1st and play this record daily until Valentine’s Day.
However, the details on this package are perfect. Included with the record is a digital download card, She & Him wrapping paper, a Christmas card that includes the tracklisting, and a poster. The vinyl itself is clear(ly) red. And my favorite - the inner sleeve, made of cardstock and printed with snowflakes. The record itself is definitely less than 140 gram, very flimsy, which is a bit disappointing. I guess I’ll find out soon how it holds up.
You can order the record from Merge Records (free shipping!) or pick it up in pretty much every store ever now.
She & Him | Thieves 7” | Merge Records | Black
I have a love/hate relationship with Merge Records. Love: that they put out She & Him records and that they don’t charge for postage on their mail order. This 7” was $5ppd. Hate: that they send their 7”s in paper envelopes! Oh well, at least it had a piece of cardboard behind it.
This 7” features She & Him’s single from Volume Two on the A-side and an unreleased track, “I Knew It Would Happen This Way” on the B-side. The B-side is so so so good. It’s a quick, not-even-2-minute track featuring M. Ward’s acoustic guitar strumming behind a smoky, sultry Zooey’s voice. It’s a little darker than her usual happy, poppy, tambourine-filled songs. I love it and hope she explores the mood a little more in the future. I also love the vintage aesthetic Merge puts on these 7”s. They all come with 50’s-60’s style center labels and outer sleeves that only feature some sort of argyle-like design. Very vintage and very fitting for She & Him’s music.