M. Ward Drops New LP in Feb.



Features some
intriguing guest appearances, too.


By Fred Mills



On the heels of his acclaimed 2007 solo album Post-War, Portland guitar auteur teamed up for this
year’s collaboration with Zoey Deschanel (as She & Him) for Volume One. That critical success
notwithstanding, Ward now turns his attentions back to his solo career: next Feb.
17 he’ll release Hold Time (Merge).


The record, which the label sensibly describes as “eloquent
and startlingly beautiful”, will feature guest spots from Deschanel, Grandaddy’s
Jason Lytle, Lucinda Williams and DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman. Advises Merge, “Ward,
with his brilliant guitar playing and innate sense of melody, is one of those
rare and special talents who defy comparisons and compartmentalization. Like a
true American treasure, M. Ward cuts his own groove while music fans continue
to fall under his whispered spell.”


Hey, we are all about falling under artists’ whispered


Meanwhile, Ward and Deschanel are reportedly working on a Volume 2, so keep your eyes peeled for
details as they emerge.


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