Editors’ Notes M. Ward's hushed, heavy-hearted meditations are looser and lighter on 2012's A Wasteland Companion. His warming warble dishes out some weathered wisdom over the fingerpicking of "Clean Slate" and the piano rocker "Primitive Girl," before She & Him collaborator Zooey Deschanel joins for the Beatles-esque "Me and My Shadow" and the bright retro-rocking Daniel Johnston cover "Sweetheart." Elsewhere, the sparse title track hums with anticipation, building up to the closing folk ditty, "Pure Joy," which glows from the simple pleasure of a kiss.

SONG
Clean Slate
1
2:50
 
Primitive Girl
2
3:09
 
Me and My Shadow (feat. Zooey Deschanel)
3
2:36
 
Sweetheart (feat. Zooey Deschanel)
4
3:31
 
I Get Ideas
5
2:38
 
The First Time I Ran Away
6
3:18
 
A Wasteland Companion
7
2:54
 
Watch the Show
8
3:40
 
There's a Key
9
2:52
 
Crawl After You
10
3:40
 
Wild Goose
11
2:35
 
Pure Joy
12
2:55
 

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