Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward’s She & Him Announce Brian Wilson Covers Album: Listen to “Darlin'”

In March, Zooey Deschanel and Mr. Ward announced a new tour, billed as featuring non-Christmas music for the first time in years, but also a tribute to Brian Wilson. Turns out it’s in support of their new album, Melting: A Tribute to Brian Wilson. It comes out at the end of July.

“In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favorite Brian songs – a very long list,” the duo said in a statement. “We chose songs without considering their performance on the charts. The most obscure ones hit us as hard as the most popular songs – and all of them are ripe to be reinvented, reinterpreted and reinvented. Brian writes songs of beauty, loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone – and by sequencing them alongside popular songs of trust, love and pleasure, it creates a fuller picture of life on earth.

The duo have a long history with Wilson, including guesting on his 2015 album No pressure on the pier. He, in turn, also guest-stars here on She & Him’s version of “Do It Again.” “Zooey and Matt did such amazing versions of our songs,” Wilson said. “The harmonies are beautiful and fair. I love this record!”

Along with the announcement, he and she shared their version of “Darlin.” Check it out below.

01 “Honey”
02 “Wouldn’t That Be Nice”
03 “Till I Die”
04 “Deirdre”
05 “Melt”
06 “Good for My Baby”
07 “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”
08 “Don’t Worry Baby”
09 “This Whole World”
10 “Kiss Me, Baby”
11 “Do It Again” (Feat. Brian Wilson)
12 “Heads you win, tails I lose”
13 “Please Let Me Ask Me”
14 “Designed For You”

Melting: A Tribute to Brian Wilson was released on 7/22 via Fantasy. Pre-order it here.

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