Over the last decade-plus, music fans have been able to check off a number of bands from
their proverbial bucket list that they never thought would reform to record or tour. You
can add Mazzy Star
to a list that includes the like of indie-darlings Pavement, cult favorites The
Replacements and mega-stars The Police. Formed in the late '80s with roots in Los
Angeles’s Paisley Underground scene, the band, consisting primarily of the core-duo of
Hope Sandoval and David Roback, were known for their hazy acid-drenched brand of shoegaze.
The band broke through to the mainstream in 1994, nearly a year after the release of their
sophomore effort, So Tonight That I Might See, thanks in part to the unexpected
success of that record’s lead track - "Fade Into You." The gorgeous acid-country track
peaked at #44 on the Billboard charts, with its black and white video finding its way into
heavy rotation on both MTV and VH1. After releasing and touring behind their third record,
Among My Swan, Sandoval and Roback parted ways announcing a hiatus, while going on
to work with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Beth Orton respectively.
After flirting with a mini-reunion in 2000, Mazzy Star officially returned to the
recording studio to release a double-A-side single in 2011, with the promise that a full
album was in the works. Now, some two years later, the band has lived up to that statement
with release of their first new record in 17 years, Seasons Of Your Day - a ten-
track collection of dreamy psychedelic-folk.
Let’s check out the video for the record’s lead single - "California":
Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt
[Published on: 9/25/13]