Label: Merge Volume One is a collection of country/folk numbers that prove Deschanel has the range of talents that have eluded other movie stars turned singers. We’re looking at you Keanu. And Russell. And Juliette. And Minnie. And Bruce. With hints of Petula Clark, (M.Ward collaborator) Conor Oberst, Karen Carpenter and Jenny Lewis, there are enough aural focus points for movie-sized audiences to catch on to the record. Not that they will. Deschanel, who is credited for all the original tracks here, clearly has an ear for classical pop sounds – Hal David and Burt Bacharach wouldn’t be ashamed of tracks like ‘This Is Not A Test’ and opener ‘Sentimental Heart’. Volume One is deeply sentimental record, its closest modern relation being Feist’s The Reminder. It’s the sound of Chuck Schultz’s Peanuts, dusky ‘70s Californian sunsets and the sound of a talent transcending her artistic straitjacket. Here’s to volume two.