Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

After disappearing for nearly eight years, Hope Sandoval, the singular voice behinds 90's psychedelic dream pop making band Mazzy Star, has finally returned with her sophomore solo album, Through The Devil Softly. Along for the ride is Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig (drummer from My Bloody Valentine), who also worked with Sandoval on her first solo album back in 2001.

For fans of her old Star material, this latest album, which comes out today, will be welcome to the ears. There's no way you could destroy or cover up Sandoval's trademark vocals, and these songs are no exception. Behind her is that light and delicate instrumentation, not necessarily as fuzzy as in days gone by, but still just as hauntingly beautiful in a baroque chamber pop sort of way. Everything focuses in on Sandoval's voice, as it should be with a voice as entrancing as hers is. Below you'll find the album's opening two tracks, which are excellent indicators of the album's sound as a whole.

and a fun cover of a classic Mazzy Star cut:

Visit her label Nettwerk Records and become her friend on MySpace.

Upcoming Tour Dates

Tue, Sept 29 Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Thurs, Oct 1 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre
Sat, Oct 3 Minneapolis, MN @ Music Box Theatre
Sun, Oct 4 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theatre
Mon, Oct 5 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Wed, Oct 7 Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
Thurs, Oct 8 Montreal, PQ @ Le National
Sat, Oct 10 Williamsburg, NY @ The Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Mon, Oct 12 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
Tues, Oct 13 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Wed, Oct 14 Washington, DC @ The Sixth and I
Fri, Oct 16 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
Sun, Oct 18 Austin, TX @ Texas Union Theater
Mon, Oct 19 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Thurs, Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan Theatre


Jane said...

Thanks for this post. I heard a song by them played on the radio a week or so ago -- YES, the RADIO! -- and really enjoyed it. I am not that familiar with them, but am looking forward to hearing more from them.

Behzad said...

Beautiful! Thx