She & Him Announce Brian Wilson Tribute Album & Share ‘Darlin’’ Single

Check out the pair's take on The Beach Boys' 1967 hit single.

By Scott Bernstein May 18, 2022 6:34 am PDT

She & Him honor Brian Wilson on their forthcoming studio album, Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson, which is set for release on July 22 via Fantasy Records. The duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward previewed the 14-song collection by sharing its opening track and lead single, “Darlin’.”

Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson marks She & Him’s seventh studio album and first since 2016’s Christmas Party. “In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favorite Brian songs — a very long list,” the duo stated in a press release. “We chose songs without any regard to their chart performance. The obscure ones hit us just as hard as the more popular songs — and all are ripe for re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-inventing. Brian writes songs of beauty and loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone — and by sequencing them next to popular songs of confidence and love and fun, it creates a more complete picture of life on earth.”

She & Him previously contributed vocals to Wilson’s 2015 album, No Pier Pressure. Brian returned the favor by teaming with the pair on Melt Away track “Do It Again,” a song originally released as a Beach Boys single in 1968. “Zooey and Matt did such mind-blowing versions of our songs,” Brian Wilson said. “The harmonies are beautiful and right on. I love this record!”

Brian Wilson and Mike Love co-wrote “Darlin'” for The Beach Boys’ Wild Honey album in 1967. She & Him tapped Lara Jean Gallagher to direct a QVC-inspired video for their take on the song.

Watch She & Him’s “Darlin'” video below:

She & Him will hit the road for the Melt Away Tour: A Tribute To Brian Wilson this summer. Check out the dates by clicking below:

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Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson Tracklist

  1. Darlin’
  2. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  3. Til I Die
  4. Deirdre
  5. Melt Away
  6. Good To My Baby
  7. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
  8. Don’t Worry Baby
  9. This Whole World
  10. Kiss Me, Baby
  11. Do It Again ft. Brian Wilson
  12. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
  13. Please Let Me Wonder
  14. Meant For You
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