M. Ward Offers Up Animated Video For New Single 'The First Time I Ran Away'
M. Ward Offers Up Animated Video For New Single 'The First Time I Ran Away'

If you're a fan of sleepy-time folk, you're in for a promising few months ahead.

First, we'll see if Bon Iver can pull an Arcade Fire at this year's Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 (four nominations -- including Record and Song of the Year nods -- should yield something, right?). Next, whistling aficionado Andrew Bird will release his seventh solo album, "Break It Yourself," on March 6. And finally, the deep-throated, acoustic-strumming M. Ward will ditch She & Him bandmate Zooey Deschanel and spend some time alone again: his eighth solo album, "A Wasteland Companion," arrives April 10 on Merge.

The first single off aforementioned M. Ward album -- titled "The First Time I Ran Away" -- arrived today via a cartoon video filled with cute animals and soothing, muted colors. Watch the Joel Trussell-directed clip below.

It was a big day for solo artists who go by their first initials: R. Kelly also dropped a new single today.