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Mazzy Star

If psychedelic music had a voice in '90s post-punk, Mazzy Star may have been its strongest reincarnation. That doesn't necessarily mean that fans of the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead will find the band to their liking, however. Mazzy Star much preferred the dark side of psychedelia, as exemplified by the most distended tracks of the Doors and the Velvet Underground. Their fuzzy guitar workouts and plaintive folky compositions are often suffused in a dissociative ennui that is very much of the '90s, however much their textures may recall the drug-induced states of vintage psychedelia.

Although Mazzy Star was nominally a full band, they were basically the core duo of guitarist David Roback and singer Hope Sandoval with backing musicians. Roback boasts a long history in the paisley underground, with the Rain Parade and Opal. He came across Sandoval after hearing a tape she had made as part of a folky duo, Going Home. (The Going Home album that Roback subsequently produced remains unissued.) Sandoval ended up replacing Kendra Smith on Opal's final tours. After Opal dissolved, Roback and Sandoval continued to work together as Mazzy Star, and released their first album for Rough Trade, She Hangs Brightly, in 1990.

Rough Trade's U.S. branch went under shortly afterwards, but luckily Mazzy Star were picked up by Capitol, who kept the debut in print and issued their follow-up, 1993's So Tonight That I Might See. There isn't much to differentiate the two albums, though that's not necessarily a criticism. Both share similar strengths and weaknesses: appealingly dreamy and atmospheric arrangements, rambling distorted guitar workouts, and lyrics that mix the haunting and the meaninglessly vague. Tonight That I Might See had been around for about a year before it suddenly got hot, reaching the Top 40, and spinning off a small hit single, "Fade Into You." Even in the wake of this surprise success, Roback and Sandoval remained as enigmatic and aloof as their music, rarely submitting to interviews, and offering mysterious, unhelpful replies when journalists did manage to talk with them.

In 1996 they released their third album, Among My Swan, which presented a far more acoustic approach from Sandoval and Roback. They shunned the echoed, shoegaze-influenced guitars that featured heavily on much of their first two records and opted for a pared-down acoustic affair. The record also proved to be their last with major-label Capitol, and they parted ways. A year later the band went on hiatus and started work on alternative projects. Roback worked with Beth Orton on her album Central Reservation; while Sandoval appeared on the Jesus and Mary Chain's 1998 record Munki and went on to create Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosoig. They returned briefly in 2000 for a mini-tour of Europe and in 2003 the duo performed together as part of Bert Jansch's 60th birthday celebrations in London.

A flurry of activity in the late 2000s saw their song "Into Dust" used on an advert for Virgin Media and then on a trailer for popular video game Gears of War 3, which propelled the song into the U.K. singles chart. This was shortly followed by the confirmation that Sandoval and Roback had been working on new material for a fourth album, and they released their first new material in 15 years when double-A-side single "Common Burn/Lay Myself Down" arrived in 2011. This was swiftly followed by a North American and European tour in 2012. The following year, details were announced for their fourth full-length record, titled Seasons of Your Day, which was expected in 2013. ~ Richie Unterberger & Scott Kerr, Rovi
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SSSSSSS, pretty damn good!!!
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Brilliantly beautiful~~~ ~
Reminds me of Cowboy Junkies~~~~
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This song truly Haunts me! ��
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Mesmerizing Mazzy...Simp l y Beautiful Song!
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She has an amazing voice
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Such a pretty song! Love it! Haunting and beautiful!
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fhines94
This joint rocks
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Yes, absolutely, I want to FADE INTO YOU! This is one of the most beautifully written love songs ever,& one of my very, very personal favorites!
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Amazing
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amazing song!
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Perfect !
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so beautiful !
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I like her music <3
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Quite obviously a band and artist that truly remains to be recognized for their insight and beautiful sound
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❤️mazzy star❤️ Fade into You
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Twisted sister • don't let me down
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Danielle��
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Fade into you Leafe...
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Mazzy Star cry cry love this song
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This Old 70 & 1/2 year old got his new C-Pap machine tody Boy Am i happy its going to replace my old 12 year old one . I am going to get a good night sleep tonight
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Fade Into You Great Song . Love The Beat . Love this Song By Mazzy Star Sing It
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One Love.
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Yes, Mazzy Star was always one of my favorite bands, back then when they surfaced in the music scene! : )
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Rick and Morty, 100 years, Morty and Rick.
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To you Melonee,rest in peace sweet heart!!!!!
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Mazzy Star has the most beautiful voice I've ever heard in my life and I can't get enough!!
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progpond3
Blue Spark. Big Rain Parade fan, Mazzy Star blew my mind, it's the guy from Rain Parade my buddy wrote when he sent me the cassette.
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Beautiful singing by Mazzy Star great song Love it
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Love having sex to this song such a panty dropper !
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Listening to, "Blue light." Doesn't Mazzy Star's music sound like the soundtrack to some 1990s David Lynch, or any indie directors, movie.
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Great song. Always has a calming effect on me when I hear it.
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"Fade into You" nuff said
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This is a very special song for me,as it was one of my daughter's favorites, naturally it was played at her funeral!! I sure do miss her!!
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Awesome
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Miss Mazzy I freekin LOVE you! Love ☆jenn☆lilpix i e ☆ peas n crrtz
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michaelhorva t h 1
southernplai n l l c . . . y e s
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michaelhorva t h 1
yes
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The most beautiful music. Forever.
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DEFINATE, My fav is "Be My Angel"





PEACE DAMNIT
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"Fade into you," is their best song. It is a candidate for the greatest sone written by human beings. Pay attention E.T.s.!
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I love this music so peaceful, melodic/hypn o t i c almost. do you guys ! Amazing!!




HAPPY NEW YEAR B I T C H E S ;)
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Luv mazzy star! My favorite of course is "fade into you" but their are other good jams. Too bad she wasn't as popular as the others.
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I come across Mazzy star through other stations. They played such a big role in shaping the music of the nineties, but still somehow remained peripheral. Maybe it's the nature of their music: unassuming, ambient, so ubiquitous that they were easy to ignore. It's time they got their own channel. Welcome to enzoferrari' s channel, guys. You earned it.
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Mazzy Star is so wonderfully sentimental. They somehow pull it off. This song is anthemic of the 1990s. A decade so cheesy, so kitschy, but sometimes capable of hitting that sweet spot that somehow made it all worthwhile.
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You have brought me back to life.
Been there with me through my tough days.
Shown me I could be loved purely & honestly.
That loyalty & integrity do still exist.
Thank you. I truly love & adore you...
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Blake Haught an I song.. R.I.P. Sendin you oceans of love. My love.
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iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone
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Fading is the s**t.....
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dreamy song love it.......... . . . . . . . . K a t h e r i n e Sophia...... . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Personal favorite is probably 'Into Dust,' but I also really like 'Give You My Lovin' and 'Blue Flower.'
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