She & Him - I Put a Spell on You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover)
I've got to admit that when I heard that M Ward and that chick from Elf were hooking up to give birth to indie-pop outfit She & Him, I think I died a little inside. Then I heard She & Him's Volume One. Try and find a better beach, summer-fun album in 2008. You just couldn't. Zooey Deschanel has since become one of my favorite people — she's adorable. Her songs are always endearing, always sad, and always hooky; and not a single artless moment is found in M Ward's clever musical arrangements.
She & Him recently took part in that Sweethearts 09 Valentine's Day compilation I keep pimping out. I do so for a reason, folks — the compilation is fucking brilliant! Just drop by your local Starbucks (I know you were just there this morning!) and drop the $12.95 for this thing. Zooey Deschanel did a moving, almost-A capella rendition of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic — "I Put a Spell on You" which you should listen to below:
Bat for Lashes - Glass
There is something about Bat For Lashes that I really like. It's that something about her that makes me want to watch Donnie Darko. Bat For Lashes' 2007 debut, Fur & Gold, displayed a talent that was impossible to ignore. This new song, "Glass," straight from her upcoming sophomore effort, Two Sons, follows in its predecessors footsteps. "Glass" already begins to weave the fantastic tales that made Fur & Gold a sensation, blending electronics with the organic sounds of drums and shakers. This really sets the bar up pretty high for the forthcoming album — but I don't doubt Natasha Khan's ability to meet these standards.