DOWNLOAD: M Ward & Zooey Deschanel - Never Had Nobody Like You (MP3)
The songs of singer-guitarist M. Ward seem to drift in on the crackling radio waves of a distant time. Warm and intimate, his largely acoustic and usually spare arrangements are a tribute to what Ward sees as the greatest era for American music: the 1950s and early '60s, when singers like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison infused country-rooted pop with honesty and romance. Ward's latest album, Hold Time, continues this tradition, with a gorgeously produced mix of finger-picked guitars, upright bass and shuffling rhythms, all tied together by his achy voice.M's partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel, contributes to the album. You can hear her in the first officially released free MP3 from the album above.
Hold Time won't be released until Feb. 17, but listeners can hear the entire album here on NPR Music as an exclusive preview.
Zooey Deschanel is now engaged to Ben Gibbard.
M Ward - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 16 - The Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, New York
Feb 18 - Somerville Theater Somerville, Massachusetts
Feb 19 - Apollo Theater New York City, New York
Feb 20 - Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 21 - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, Washington DC
Feb 25 - Borderline London, London and South East
Feb 26 - Café de la Danse Paris
Feb 27 - Paradiso Amsterdam
Mar 4 - Music Box at Fonda Los Angeles, California
Mar 5 - Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, California
Mar 6 - Showbox At The Market Seattle, Washington
Mar 7 - Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
Mar 8 - Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon