She appeared with Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt and Melanie Lynskey in the psychological thriller Abandon.
Deschanel commented in an interview with Venus Zine: "I always thought I would be able to sing and act, but at a certain point, it became difficult for me to share the music part.
Los Angeles influenced Deschanel's songwriting, evoking long drives along the coast while listening to Brian Wilson, golden oldies, and jam music on 1970s AM radio.
The California music scene influenced Ward's production of the album and inspired his guitar work with alt-country singers like Jenny Lewis.
They were chosen by Matt Groening to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in England.
Supporting acts along the tour included Tilly and the Wall, Camera Obscura, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and The Chapin Sisters.