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The winsome world of She & Him
The winsome world of She & Him

On a Tuesday afternoon in the basement studios of Capitol Records, She & Him were recording a volley of live tracks for a few radio station sessions. Singer Zooey Deschanel finished an umpteenth take of the duo's single "I Could've Been Your Girl," and she felt that something was sounding a little false. "Do you have any ribbon mikes? We're just not used to sounding digital," she told the session engineer. "Maybe an RCA-77?" That specific taste in microphones showed her technician's ear — and the craftsmanship that goes into the winsome summery music she makes with longtime collaborator M. Ward. TIMELINE: Summer's must...

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