Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day

It’s always hard when a much loved band return after such a long period with a new record and the  latest in a line of alums under the microscope is Mazzy Star with ‘Seasons of Your Day’ 17 years since their last release. I think the main thing fans should be aware of is that this is not 1995 anymore, the band will have done a lot of other things and taken on board a plethora of influences and witnessed huge changes both musically and in general, life as we know it is different. Also the listener is in a completely different space, I’m not the same person I was when I fell in love with ‘Fade into You’ and to be frank I don’t just want the next album after all that time to be a copy of past glories. But some do and I think that is one of the reasons for some of the negative press because I for one really like this record. Don’t worry they haven’t strayed too much from their signature sound as opener ‘In The Kingdom’ will attest to, its typical Mazzy Star, which is why its being held a great even by those not so keen on the rest. Flanked at the other end by the brilliantly woozy ‘Flying Low’ a seven minute blues swagger with a riff that must have Seasick Steve heading back to the drawing board they sandwich between them eight tracks each with their own merits. Across the album we get acoustic guitars, ghostly harmonica, Bert Jansch and of course the voice of Hope Sandoval. At times it is faint, other worldly and cold but it can also evoke feelings of warmth and inclusion. Slide guitar is used more than once to great effect and really lifts some of the more minimal compositions as does the odd piano. As a fan I am pleased to have the band back but while filling me with fond memories of times gone by it also ushers in a new phase of Mazzy Star, one that I hope will continue.

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One Response to Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day

  1. Rudy Cunningham says:

    Though they wound up on Capitol Records, their one hit, ’93′s “Fade Into You,” only seemed to define their elusiveness, thanks to David Roback’s hazy acoustic strum and Hope Sandoval’s wispy vocal melody. Mazzy was the kind of band whose music might soundtrack an arty love scene in a Bertolucci movie (as it did in ’96′s Stealing Beauty). And then suddenly they were no more, as sultry Sandoval and gently psychedelic Roback, who were romantically involved in the beginning, went their separate ways.

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