Girls music supervisor Manish Raval recently said that the series' third season will highlight new music by a variety of artists, some of whom wrote music specifically for the show. "It's the same sound, same vibe, but one thing that's different this season is we've had the luxury of getting people to contribute brand new songs for us," he told Radio.com. "We had Miguel write us a new song." The series also picked up previously unreleased songs by Beck, Lily Allen, Jenny Lewis and Christina Perri.
The last season of Girls premiered new music from fun. and Santigold. It also helped to springboard Icona Pop's "I Love It" to ubiquity.
Regarding the Beck track, Raval said the artist had just completed the song and was willing to let Girls use it before the February release of his next album, Morning Phase. The Miguel track, on the other hand, was a special request from Girls creator Lena Dunham. "Very early on in the process Lena said, 'Can we just call him and see if he'll do something?'" Raval said. "We did, he said yes. It was very easy, it was very simple."
The music supervisor said that he reserved the Lewis track – which is likely not an extended version of her foray into holiday music – for an especially emotional scene. The track will serve as the end-credits music for the second episode, when character Jessa returns to the fold. "I love the song, I love the moment, I love the last image of that moment," Raval said. "I think that’s my favorite spot of the season."