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Mazzy Star - Business as usual
on 24 September 2013
"Seasons of your day" comes after a humongous seventeen year gap since Mazzy Star's last album. It reflects in turn the dissolution of the band in the nineties and their tortuously slow reunion kick started by the lovely single "Common Burn" at the heart of this album. In their prime Hope Sandoval and David Roback not only recorded the national anthem of dreamy pop "Fade into you" but also prefigured a host of bands who have followed in there footsteps not least Beach House. It is good to have them back and check out the excellent article on the history of this intriguing musical partnership in the October edition of Uncut.
For those of you who own any Mazzy Star long players like the excellent "So tonight I might see" this new album will not represent a radical departure once you slip on the headphones. The minimalist and languid nature of the album is completely in tune with their previous work ethic as is the dusky quality of Sandoval's voice accompanied by the brilliant guitar playing of Roback. Highlights include the late great Bert Jansch's accompaniment on the powerful folk blues "Spoon", the excellent opener "In the kingdom" which really does show the debt that Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally owe to this band and the lovely country acoustics of "Flying Low" where the band head into territory usually occupied by the Handsome Family. The haunting "California"in turn reprises all that is good about the music of Mazzy Star while the slow blues of "Does somebody have your baby now" feels like it floats in the ether its so effortless. Ultimately some may complain that to return after such a long hiatus with an album that it completely consistent with work done in the 1980's and 1990's is a missed opportunity. That would be churlish. Mazzy Star produce beautiful music and in a week where the world has seen much ugliness "Seasons of your day" is almost therapeutic.