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17 years between albums!!! Definitely worth the wait though......
on 24 September 2013
It has been an astonishing 17-years since the last Mazzy Star album, the underrated "Among My Swan" (1996). After that subdued album Mazzy Star (effectively the duo of David Roback and Hope Sandoval) apparently kept collaborating and recording together, discarding most of their efforts until they came up with the 10-tracks on "Seasons Of Your Day". Well simply put it is a gem provided you've can get into the right mind-set. This ain't pop music, as it has always been with Mazzy Star a significant portion is post-Velvets drone rock but with a few (minor) new twists....
A surprising number of the tracks are acoustic and therefore quite folky including a beautiful duet with the late, great Bert Jansch on the fade out to the 6 minute long "Spoon". Furthermore there are tasteful touches of slide guitar here and there until the final track, "Flying Low" where Roback really tears at his guitar with his slide hitting a potent laidback bluesy groove. Most of the tracks are meditative and quietly melancholic with Sandoval's deliciously narcotic sleepy vocals proving a world weary accompaniment to Roback's supremely evocative music. The fastest track is probably "Lay Myself Down", the B-Side of 2011's excellent 'Common Burn' single (also here), which has a bit of a country influence with some excellent pedal steel licks threading through the tune reminding me if anything of Jerry Garcia's amazing steel work on the 1st 'New Riders of the Purple Sage' LP from 1971.
Therefore a definite recommendation for anyone who enjoyed the music of the first era of this great band in the early/mid-90's and also for anyone too young for that but is curious to find out what all the fuss was about. Ultimately no-one does this sort 'dream-pop' thing better and let's hope the duo don't spend another 17-years coming up with a sequel (the positive press that has resulted from Mazzy Star's reappearance proves that they have been much missed and on this exceptionally strong showing for good reason).