The other day I was browsing “doodle videos” created by a Youtube user and came across a song called “Sentimental Heart” by a duo I’d never heard of, She & Him. The song had a distinctly old-fashioned feel, like it should be on an LP. I didn’t fall in love, but I liked it enough to look for more by the same artist. Several of their songs have something of a twang, like “Change is Hard,” but the lyrics are interesting and sometimes clever. “Thought I Saw Your Face Today” is a cute ballad and “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here” (the first single from their 2008 debut album “Volume One”) is jaunty and fun.
Visiting the group’s artistically nifty website, though, I also made an unexpected discovery. The lead singer of She & Him is actress Zooey Deschanel, known for, among other things, a singing turn in the film Elf. (Some may also know her as the sister of Emily Deschanel, aka Bones from Bones.) The “He” in the duo is M. Ward, a producer and recording artist. Evidently he worked on a movie she was in, she showed him a bunch of songs she’d written, and he decided to collaborate with her in producing them.
Zooey is an actress I’ve enjoyed in many things since her teen appearance in Mumford, and I was impressed by her rendering of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in Elf. So it’s neat to see her branching out in this direction, though this style of music is not one of my favorites. I’m speculating that E might be into it, though.
What do you all think? Is it a good enough voice to sell records? Are there other celebrities, known as actors first, whose forays into popular music you prefer?