In February, M. Ward will release Hold Time on the beloved Merge Records. Guests include his She & Him pal Zooey Deschanel, Lucinda Williams, the dude who fronts DeVotchka, and the fella who used to front Grandaddy.
Having spent many, many hours with Ward's records, I've come to the conclusion that his last record, 2006's Post-War is hands-down his best. It's a record that takes time to fully absorb, but once you do, it's clear that this one's a near masterpiece. Ward is so on his game right now, that Hold Time has the potential to remove the word "near".