M. Ward Talks New Albums: Solo, She & Him, Conor Oberst & Jim James

M. Ward Talks New Albums: Solo, She & Him, Conor Oberst & Jim James
It's been two years since we last heard some solo work from M. Ward, but his recent stint with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him was a nice distraction. Ward has now revealed, however, that his sixth solo album is indeed in the can and will be released this coming February.

Speaking with Paste magazine, Ward gave some details, saying, "I just finished a record that's going to be out in February. It's called Hold Time. I'm excited for people to hear it. I tried a new balance on this new record. It's a little hard to explain. There's a lot of really big and heavy sounds that I attempted to balance with sounds that you can find in any guitar shop."

Sitting in on the interview, Deschanel also shared her thoughts on the record, saying, "It's such a great album. I think it's my favorite album... ever."

The two also announced that work on a follow-up to She & Him's Volume One, aptly titled Volume Two, is currently under way. "Zooey has about a gazillion brand new awesome songs," added Ward. "All we know about Volume Two is that it's going to be twice as good as Volume One."

Paste also dug deep with Ward to get the scoop on his three-way with Conor Oberst and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Says Ward, "[It's progressing] very slowly but very surely. I imagine it'll be out in 2010 or 2011 at the glacial pace that we're getting the chance to work together. But I believe in the power of the passing of time to give you a clear vision of what's going to last and what was created in the whimsy of the moment.

"It doesn't have a name or anything except for ideas and enthusiasm and [our] hearts," he continued. "We're very excited about it, but it's off in the distance. Conor put a record out a few months ago. Jim James is still on tour. I'm putting a record out in February. It's a trick, but when we do stuff together it's a blast. It's a complete collaboration. Mike Mogis is in there. It could all change at any second. We don't have any finished songs but we've been touring together off and on over the last four years. It's exciting to take it to the next step."

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