Zooey Deschanel to feature on new M. Ward album

She And Him duo to team up again for 'A Wasteland Companion'

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M.Ward has announced details of his first solo album since 2009's 'Hold Time', as well as a full US tour to support its release.

The album, the singer's sixth, entitled 'A Wasteland Companion', sees the folk singer elicit help from a number of artists including his She And Him bandmate Zooey Deschanel.

Other artists to feature on the record include Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, and John Parish, a regular collaborator with PJ Harvey. Recorded with 18 different musicians in eight different studios across the US and UK, the album is described by the singer as “a musical travelogue.”

Expanding on that principle further, Ward said:
Between now and when I made 'Hold Time' there has been a lot of travelling which requires a lot of reckoning with what to leave behind and what to carry - material and otherwise - and thinking about what I want versus what I need, creatively and otherwise. I wanted to get a reflection of that on the album.

The full tracklisting for 'A Wasteland Companion' is as follows:
1. Clean Slate (for Alex & El Goodo)
2. Primitive Girl
3. Me And My Shadow
4. Sweetheart
5. I Get Ideas
6. The First Time I Ran Away
7. A Wasteland Companion
8. Watch The Show
9. There’s A Key
10. Crawl After You
11. Wild Goose
12. Pure Joy

Before embarking on the US tour, M. Ward will be in the UK during March. He will be playing two shows in London, one in Manchester and a final date in Glasgow. 'A Wasteland Companion' will be released on Bella Union and can be pre-ordered at mwardmusic.com .

Zooey Deschanel, currently starring in the hit sitcom The New Girl, recently filed for divorce from her husband, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard.
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