By Marissa G. Muller
Lately, Zooey Deschanel has been putting all of her energy into her hit show New Girl and her upcoming movies Rock the Kasbah and The Driftless Area.
But the master multi-tasker will soon make her musical return with her indie duo She & Him, alongside her partner M. Ward.
The pair are following up the short teaser they announced last week with an official album announcement. Come fall, She & Him will release Classics, an album of “carefully-selected, timeless standards” — in other words, a cover album.
The album, which marks the group’s first release on a major label, Columbia, after leaving Merge Records, was recorded live, “allowing a spontaneity that captured the spirit of the songs in their truest forms,” according to a press release.
It’s also notable because Deschanel and M. Ward’s usual ukulele, piano and guitar repertoire will be backed by a 20-piece orchestra, with Ward taking the lead on the arrangements per usual.
“We are incredibly excited to release a record of our favorite songs,” Deschanel said in a statement. “It was a dream of ours to record these songs in a way that highlighted the brilliance of the songwriting and the beauty of their melodies. We had a wonderful time making the record and we hope people have a wonderful time listening to it.”
The release date and track list are still to be determined but we at least know there will be 13 songs on the album.