I felt a bit despondent this afternoon, for various reasons, so decided to see if now was the good time to try out an album by M. Ward, who I’ve only come across before as the Him of She & Him. Turns out it really did the trick in lifting my mood, at least a little bit. It’s very hard to listen to a song like Rollercoaster and not feel charmed by it. The record itself has a lot of heart and emotional weight, but also just enough playfulness to keep it light. Really, really impressed.