I thought this would be a great start on a concept that I have been thinking about for awhile. I’m going to call it “Then & Now”, feature a bands debut album and their most current released album together. I’m going to start with the Alternative L.A. Rock Band Mazzy Star.
Opal was formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Roback’s friend Hope Sandoval became the group’s vocalist when Smith left the band thus started Mazzy Star. Mazzy Star is best known for the song “Fade into You” which brought the band some success in the mid-1990s and was the group’s biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. I have included the video of “fade into you” just because it is a graet video and a beautiful song. Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band’s material.
She Hangs Brightly is the debut studio album by American band Mazzy Star. It was released in 1990 on Rough Trade Records, following the demise of David Roback‘s previous band Opal. The album was rereleased by Capitol later that same year.
The first track “Halah” was released as a single and reached #19 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. It announces the band’s trademark effect with haunting guitar work and lyrics, and Hope Sandoval’s disengaged vocals. David Roback’s Robby Krieger-inspired psychedelic blues slide guitar style can be heard on the song, “Free”. “Ghost Highway” is another psychedelic rock track, with a fast rhythm. This song dates from the band’s days as Opal and was initially slated to be the title track of Opal’s second album. While not a commercial success, this album did establish Mazzy Star as a unique band with a unique sound.
Seasons of Your Day is the fourth studio album by American band Mazzy Star. It was released on September 24, 2013 by the band’s own independent record label, Rhymes of An Hour. Their first record since the release of their third album Among My Swan in 1996.
The album was recorded in several locations including California, London and Norway, and features contributions from most of the band’s original members, including their late violinist Will Glenn, who died from cancer in 2001. The album also features Sandoval’s Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig, while the late Bert Jansch performs guitar on the song “Spoon.”
Fade Into You – Video
Enjoy the Music,