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Fade into this

Today, I’ll tell you about a band called Mazzy Star, an American dream-pop band that consisted of the duo David Roback and Hope Sandoval.

music Updated: Feb 14, 2011 14:46 IST
Luke Kenny

Today, I’ll tell you about a band called Mazzy Star, an American dream-pop band that consisted of the duo David Roback and Hope Sandoval. A few of you might remember the song ‘Fade into you’ — a dreamy, lazy ballad, that gained popularity in the early days of music television in India. The video featured a lonely, wistful girl, played by vocalist Hope Sandoval, wandering the American wasteland singing about love and longing.

Mazzy Star was formed in 1989 and released their first album She hangs brightly in 1990. Their sound was a dreamy, post-punk vision of a murky world as popularised by the late sixties psychedelic genre of songs by The Doors like The end and When the music’s over. Songs like Halah, Free and Ghost highway owe much to the sound of The Doors’ guitarist, Robbie Kreiger.

Even though Mazzy Star has had no releases since 1996, Hope Sandoval did go on to form a solo act called Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions and released an album called Bavarian Fruit Bread, in 2001.

Well, nothing has been heard from them since then and it looks unlikely. But yes, Mazzy Star does remain an enigmatic band that shone for a very little while and I urge you, dear constant listener, to seek out their music and ‘fade into it’… if I may say so.

Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny

Barton Hollow/The Civil Wars
Sensibility Records

The country-folk sounds of Alabama and Nashville come together on this debut album from Joy Williams and John Paul White. If you are expecting to hear standard country sounds then banish the thought, for this is some minimalist sound sparsely sprinkled with melodic guitar picking that is laid lout on a bed of slide guitar. Joy’s voice is the silk upon which John Paul lays his vocal embroidery ever so effectively. Seek out their 2009 EP Poision and Wine in addition to this one.

Aural mellow
Rating- ***

Go-go boots/Drive by truckers
Sony Music

Born in the alternative boom of the ’90s and eight albums later, the Drive By Truckers are still cruising along well into their ninth album. They happen to be one of the many alternative bands who still record old school, that is using the two-inch tape of old. Their sound oscillates between a Neil Young-ish/Eagles-meets-CSNY vibe. Simple and very accessible, yet it will take a few spins to get into the thick of things.

Drive with this.
Rating- **1/2

The people’s key/Right eyes
This is a very peculiar album from three stellar musicians, Nate Walcott, Mike Mogis and Conor Oberst who call themselves Bright Eyes. Founded in the late ’90s; at once poetic and psychedelic, yet mainstream and over the hedge at the same time. Lyrically eccentric and cerebral, the album makes many mentions of Rastafarian themes and features obscure luminaries of the Nebraskan indie scene. If you are in the mood for quirky arty sounds and artistic musings, then this one is for you. It sure is for me.

Music for smart masses.
Rating- ***

Jailbreak (Remastered digital dition)/Thin Lizzy

I am an absolute sucker for these kind of re-issues. Great albums that remaster the original mixes and bonus discs full of previously unreleased material, be it demos, alternate versions or even live bootlegs. This is one of the Irish band’s great albums which features the massive hit, ‘The boys are back in town’. Released in 1976, this was Thin Lizzy’s sixth album and made them a breakthrough success in the US. I am a huge Lizzy fan and this is definitely one for my collection.

Escape with this now!
Rating- ****