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Mazzy Star

If psychedelic music had a voice in '90s post-punk, Mazzy Star may have been its strongest reincarnation. That doesn't necessarily mean that fans of the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead will find the band to their liking, however. Mazzy Star much preferred the dark side of psychedelia, as exemplified by the most distended tracks of the Doors and the Velvet Underground. Their fuzzy guitar workouts and plaintive folky compositions are often suffused in a dissociative ennui that is very much of the '90s, however much their textures may recall the drug-induced states of vintage psychedelia.

Although Mazzy Star was nominally a full band, they were basically the core duo of guitarist David Roback and singer Hope Sandoval with backing musicians. Roback boasts a long history in the paisley underground, with the Rain Parade and Opal. He came across Sandoval after hearing a tape she had made as part of a folky duo, Going Home. (The Going Home album that Roback subsequently produced remains unissued.) Sandoval ended up replacing Kendra Smith on Opal's final tours. After Opal dissolved, Roback and Sandoval continued to work together as Mazzy Star, and released their first album for Rough Trade, She Hangs Brightly, in 1990.

Rough Trade's U.S. branch went under shortly afterwards, but luckily Mazzy Star were picked up by Capitol, who kept the debut in print and issued their follow-up, 1993's So Tonight That I Might See. There isn't much to differentiate the two albums, though that's not necessarily a criticism. Both share similar strengths and weaknesses: appealingly dreamy and atmospheric arrangements, rambling distorted guitar workouts, and lyrics that mix the haunting and the meaninglessly vague. Tonight That I Might See had been around for about a year before it suddenly got hot, reaching the Top 40, and spinning off a small hit single, "Fade Into You." Even in the wake of this surprise success, Roback and Sandoval remained as enigmatic and aloof as their music, rarely submitting to interviews, and offering mysterious, unhelpful replies when journalists did manage to talk with them.

In 1996 they released their third album, Among My Swan, which presented a far more acoustic approach from Sandoval and Roback. They shunned the echoed, shoegaze-influenced guitars that featured heavily on much of their first two records and opted for a pared-down acoustic affair. The record also proved to be their last with major-label Capitol, and they parted ways. A year later the band went on hiatus and started work on alternative projects. Roback worked with Beth Orton on her album Central Reservation; while Sandoval appeared on the Jesus and Mary Chain's 1998 record Munki and went on to create Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosoig. They returned briefly in 2000 for a mini-tour of Europe and in 2003 the duo performed together as part of Bert Jansch's 60th birthday celebrations in London.

A flurry of activity in the late 2000s saw their song "Into Dust" used on an advert for Virgin Media and then on a trailer for popular video game Gears of War 3, which propelled the song into the U.K. singles chart. This was shortly followed by the confirmation that Sandoval and Roback had been working on new material for a fourth album, and they released their first new material in 15 years when double-A-side single "Common Burn/Lay Myself Down" arrived in 2011. This was swiftly followed by a North American and European tour in 2012. The following year, details were announced for their fourth full-length record, titled Seasons of Your Day, which was expected in 2013. ~ Richie Unterberger & Scott Kerr, Rovi
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Track List: Lay Myself Down (Single)

Comments

Love it. Just want to look at the stars on top of my car listening to this.
"The 90s were known for their drug-induced states of vintage psychedelia. . " ;)
naterodrigue z 4 0 0
Mazzy Star from Mark Kepple H.S. in Alhambra. My town along with E. LA. Love it
"Look on down from the bridge"
RIP Alex
fade into you has a depth to it unmatched. between this artist, Poe, and garbage- i go back to far better time of immortality
Fade into u...that's what I do!!
antara6
Just watched Burlesque last night with Cher & Christina Aguilar - Love this haunting song!
cool & tight - right!
kevin-burns9
Mazzy plays this song s o tight complete total cool music oh yeah,,,,,,,! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Nn
janelliebunc h e s
This group has been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager. I still get goosebumps when I hear Hope's voice......h a u n t i n g l y beautiful!
just one of many that not enough people know about
Met them both YEARS AGO at a house party where they played in somebody's living room in nor cal. Hope's personality is as ugly as her voice is beautiful.
justinian774 5
.... And that's not a bad thing at all, cuz through all the s**t she's put up with in our 18 years is significant itself.
Love ya Mandy
(^.^)
justinian774 5
My first real relationship is all I can see over and over in my mind whenever I hear this album
............ . . . . . . s o fine
I don't think I've ever heard her before...but I'm digging every song of hers I've heard so far! Might be a new favorite!
had a huge crush on this chick,back in the day..
I've said it before but can't help repeating - so spacey/timel e s s .
Very cool~~~
Steamy, sultry, and disturbing by it's haunting quality! Beautiful!!!
karin.chao
I wish they would continue to make music videos. She's so beautiful in Fade .
sooooooooooo o o o chill.
I met Hope a couple of times... she is a B but man is she ever sweet to listen to.
dharma041
Brings me back to a time
andrew.barok
Puurrfecrtio n at its finest..
tullpony79
Don't read this, because if you do you are a moron. Tomorrow you will eat scrambled eggs and someone will tell you you have lice. Copy and paste this like the other sheep and you will still not gain like you thought you would. Derp a derp.
tullpony79
Don't read this, because if you do you are a moron. Tomorrow you will eat scrambled eggs and someone will tell you you have lice. Copy and paste this like the other sheep ad you will still not gain like you thought you would. Derp a derp.
Omgee, her voice is perf ��
Mazzy Star........ . . . . . S m o o t h !
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love if your life . Tomorrow will be the best day if your life. However if you don't post thus you will die in the next 2 days . Now you started reading thus so don't stop. This us so scary out this on at least. 5 songs in the next. 143inutes when your done press F6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters . This is so scary it actually works.
I love this song so much
Forgetable.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I love mazzy star ♥
Hopes voice is so warm, dark, sensual and full of melancholy. The perfect combination!
Hope's voice is a warm embrace. It shovels out my soul and leaves it drifting and swaying.
bobpruett427
I am convinced that I could be happily married to Hope...
Hope is the best.... Love her voice.
yes
Hope Sandoval haunts my dreams
I like it
Fade into you is very gentle and smooth... Simply love it :-)
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary it actually works
if you love mazzy star, you will absolutely love my band Tears and Turds
MartyvH,

Thanks, it really was something special. I can be in the middle of a s**tty day and it all changes if fade into you comes on. Puts me right back on a darkened deck. Rising and falling in time. Moments are fleeting but memories are ours always. Part of the power of music :-)
@osobrino66 Beautiful
Ethereal, comfortable, like floating in a warm sea and knowing your always close to shore. I watched a hoard of fllying fish in the bow wave of a boat on the way to Bimini to Fade Into You, Will never shake the image. It was dark,the moon shone off a thousand wings with every crest. Ebb and flow.
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary it actually works
I love this band so much. Hope is so beautiful
I saw this band twice in their recent tours in 2012 and 2013 and am absolutely impressed. The whole band is amazing with great vocals and musicianship . The pedal steel player blew me away!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at- least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.you will get k.
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