|Mazzy Star — Seasons Of Your Day (2013)|
Mazzy Star — Seasons Of Your Day
¶ Their First New Album in 17 Years.
¶ Dreamy alternative pop group distinguished by its fuzzy guitar workouts and the intoxicating vocals of Hope Sandoval.
Formed: 1989 in Santa Monica, California
Location: Los Angeles, California/Norway
Album release: September 24, 2013
Recorded: 1997–2012 in California and Norway
Record Label: Rhymes of an Hour Records
01. In The Kingdom (5:15)
02. California (5:23)
03. I've Gotta Stop (4:05)
04. Does Someone Have Your Baby Now (4:09)
05. Common Burn (5:08)
06. Seasons Of Your Day (3:41)
07. Flying Low (4:29)
08. Sparrow (4:05)
09. Spoon (6:10)
10. Lay Myself Down (7:36)
♥ David Roback — guitar, songwriter, producer, mixing
♥ Hope Sandoval — vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, harmonica, songwriter, producer, mixing
♥ Suki Ewers — keyboards
♥ Keith Mitchell — drums
♥ Bert Jansch — guitar
♥ Colm Ó Cíosóig — bass
♥ Suki Ewers — keyboards
♥ Keith Mitchell — drums
♥ Colm Ó Cíosóig — bass
♥ Josh Yenne — pedal steel guitarist/Guitar
♥ Kurt Elzner — touring guitarist
♥ Jill Emery — bass
♥ William Cooper, real name Will Glenn (1957–2001) — keyboards, violin
¶ At Alternative Press, Jason Heller told that "the band have only gotten smokier and dreamier", yet wrote that "Mazzy Star may not have evolved much over the past 17 years, but Season Of Your Day proves they never, ever need to."
¶ "Mazzy Star have announced the worldwide release of their eagerly anticipated fourth studio album, Seasons Of Your Day on September 24th, 2013. Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway. The album features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm Ó Cíosóig (Born: 31 October 1964, Dublin, Ireland / My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song "Spoon"."
¶ Q&A: Mazzy Star Talk (A Little) About Seasons Of Your Day
¶ By T. Cole Rachel; Sep 11th '13 (12:30pm)
¶ Le charme envoûtant de la voix de Hope Sandoval fonctionne toujours à merveille.
Mazzy Star discography:
— She Hangs Brightly (1990)
— So Tonight That I Might See (1993)
— Among My Swan (1996)
— Seasons of Your Day (2013) © 11/6/2012 — Astra Kulturhaus — Berlin, Germany / Photo Credit: Luz Gallardo
Colm Ó Cíosóig
Instruments: Drums, percussion, guitar
My Bloody Valentine:
¶ Originally formed in 1983, My Bloody Valentine had gone through a few lineup changes before they forged a signature sound that was to become known by the music press as "shoegazing" in the late 80s and early 90s.
¶ Along with Kevin Shields' guitar work and Bilinda Butcher's ethereal vocals, Ó Cíosóig's off-kilter and snare-heavy drumming had become a key element of the band's sound. Ó Cíosóig has co-written songs for My Bloody Valentine and has contributed production work to many of their releases.
¶ Due to illness and homelessness during the recording of Loveless, Ó Cíosóig had played drum patterns that were sampled and looped on most of the tracks. He later recovered and was well enough to play live on three tracks, including "Only Shallow". The song "Touched" was done solely by Ó Cíosóig without any contribution from the other members of the band.
¶ During My Bloody Valentine's hiatus since the early 90s, Ó Cíosóig had been quietly prolific with various musical collaborations and guest appearances.
¶ As of November 2007, he has resumed his role in My Bloody Valentine along with members Kevin Shields, Debbie Googe, and Bilinda Butcher.
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions:
¶ His best known work outside My Bloody Valentine is with Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. Ó Cíosóig had co-written, produced and played several instruments on their 2001 album Bavarian Fruit Bread. The band's second album Through the Devil Softly was released on September 29, 2009.
¶ In 1994, Ó Cíosóig produced and contributed "sampled keyboards" to Wreakage, the fifth album by Dublin-based artist/musician Stano. In 1997, he was a guest musician on Fire in a Dream Cage by L. Both albums were released on Hue Records. Ó Cíosóig was credited with "Digital Editing" on Laika's 1995 debut "Silver Apples of the Moon"
Ó Cíosóig had formed the short-lived band Clear Spot with Stereolab bassist Simon Johns. They had released a 7" vinyl single Moonman Bop on Duophonic Records in 1998.
¶ In 2004, Ó Cíosóig was a guest drummer on Vetiver's self-titled album. In 2005, he, along with Shields and Sandoval, contributed to Le Volume Courbe's debut album, and he was a guest musician on Film School's 2007 release Hideout.
¶ Ó Cíosóig also recorded songs for The Tigerbeat, a San Francisco-based band that features his sister Fionnuala.
¶ http://www.huerecords.com/artists/stano/press.html© 11/4/2012 — Café De La Danse — Paris, France / Photo Credit: Luz Gallardo
Born: June 24, 1966, Los Angeles, California, United States
Instruments: Vocals, harmonica, percussion, xylophone, tambourine, keyboards, guitar
¶ Hope Sandoval was born June 24, 1966 and grew up in east L.A. with her Mexican-American family. She started her career together with her friend Sylvia Gomez in a band called "Going Home", a folk duo formed in 1986.
¶ Hope had admired Kendra Smith as a teen-age Dream Syndicate fan. Sylvia Gomez handed Kendra Smith a demo tape which was comprised of Hope Sandoval on vocals and Sylvia on guitar. David Roback offered to produce some recordings for them and they went into the studio and recorded an album that to this day is yet to be released.
¶ Hope and Sylvia played gigs in California throughout the mid '80s, and stayed friends with both Kendra and David. During the Opal tour in December '87, Kendra left the band and disappeared. David called Hope to see if she would be interested to take Kendra's place in Opal. They found Kendra and had some discussions. They did two more shows together but then she flew home. Keith Mitchell flew home and the next day he flew back with Hope. After that tour Opal became Mazzy Star.
¶ Mazzy Star has released 4 albums: She Hangs Brightly (1990), So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Among My Swan (1996), and Seasons Of Your Day (2013).
Hope writes almost all the lyrics for Mazzy Star. Hope is a very shy and private person. ¶ "For me recording is better," says Sandoval. "Live, I just get really nervous. Once you're onstage, you're expected to perform. I don't do that. I always feel awkward about just standing there and not speaking to the audience. It's difficult for me."
¶ In 2001, Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions released Bavarian Fruit Bread and toured the US and Europe in the fall of 2002. Two EPs were also released: At The Doorway Again and Suzanne.
¶ In addition to Mazzy Star and The Warm Inventions, Hope has collaborated with a variety of artists including The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Chemical Brothers, Death In Vegas, Bert Jansch, Richard X, Air, Vetiver, and Le Volume Courbe. In 2008, Hope had a song, "Wild Roses", on a compilation CD from Air France titled In The Air.
¶ Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions released Through The Devil Softly on September 29, 2009.
Born: April 4, 1958
Occupations: Guitarist, songwriter, actor
¶ In Mazzy Star, Roback plays guitar, keyboard, and piano. He wrote almost all music for Mazzy Star, and he has also produced all their recordings.
¶ Roback grew up in Pacific Palisades, California, graduating from Palisades High School in 1975. He started a band called Rain Parade with his brother Steven. They first hit the scene in 1982 as part of a loose aggregate of psychedelic 1960s-influenced guitar bands in Los Angeles, and they were in the forefront of that movement which lasted a couple of years.
¶ After Rain Parade's first album and tours, Roback left the band. He then became involved with ex-Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith and formed a new band called Clay Allison in 1983. The recordings from the summer this year remained unreleased until the 1989 release of Opal Early Recordings.
¶ After Clay Allison's 1984 tour, the band decided to go with a name change, and went from Clay Allison to Opal, whose sound was defined by Roback's spare, distorted guitar work and Smith's vocals. They released the Northern Line EP in 1985. SST Records signed Opal and released their album Happy Nightmare Baby on December 14, 1987. During the Opal tour in December 1987, Smith left the band. She was replaced by Sandoval, and they toured Europe through early 1988. Roback and Sandoval had an intimate relationship at this time and after Opal was disbanded, they took the remaining members of Opal and changed their name to Mazzy Star.
¶ Since 2001, Roback has permanently resided in Norway.
Alan McGee: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2008/may/13/rememberingtherainparade
Artist Biography by Richie Unterberger
¶ 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.
¶ She Hangs Brightly 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.
¶ So Tonight That I Might See 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.
¶ Among My Swan 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.
¶ Seasons of Your Day 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. © HOPE SANDOVAL
Mazzy Star Festival Optimus Alive at Passeio Maritimo de Alges — Day 3 Alges, Portugal — 15.07.12 Mandatory / Photo credit: Rui M Leall
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