She & Him – “Thieves” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Amrit Singh / February 23, 2010 - 9:42 am

During a recent BBC session promoting their forthcoming Volume Two, Zooey & Matt delivered an acoustic-and-vocal rendition of “Thieves,” a lovesick, AM-radio throwback tapping the same vein marked up by their dusty, disarming debut. Deschanel’s earnest vocals crib from the school of playful twang and patient melodic arcs idealized by Nashville greats like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, and “Thieves” is another case in point. Its studio iteration, which is what we have to play with today, introduces some fresh (if faded) colors to She & Him’s palette with a turn toward Roy Orbison via the track’s majestic, late-breaking orchestral swell and gentle, happy/sad crescendo. It’s pretty, a word Zooey probably doesn’t hear enough of. So, yes. Pretty. The song is, I mean. 

She And Him – “Thieves”

While you’re listening, don’t forget the lead single “In The Sun.” Volume Two is out 3/23 via Merge. Also, today sees the release of the “In The Sun” 7″, in both its vinyl and digital forms. Nab a slab at Merge, where you also can stream its b-side “I Can Hear Music.”

She & Him on tour:
03/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Cedar Street Courtyard (Merge Records Showcase, SXSW)
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Auditorium Shores (Ground Control Touring Showcase, SXSW)
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
03/27 – Savannah, GA (Savannah Music Festival)
03/29 –  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/30 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/15 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
04/16 – Indio, CA (Coachella)
04/26 – Madrid, ES @ Joy Eslava
04/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo
04/29 – Paris, FR @ Alhambra
04/30 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
05/01 – Copehagen, DK @ Vega
05/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Kägelbanan
05/04 – Oslo, NO @ Cosmopolite
05/06 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
05/07 – London, UK @ KOKO
05/08 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/31 – Quincy, WA (Sasquatch!)
06/11 – Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo)