New Music // Mazzy Star – California

23 Jul

Its been 17 long years since Mazzy Star last released a proper album. When you think of all that’s happened since then, how different the world is now, it makes you wonder what a band would sound like after such a long time away. Not only has music changed, but politics, religion, human rights, the environment, everything feels the effects of that much time passed, and this, of course, holds true for the members of Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval and David Roback.

It would make sense that Mazzy Star would be a different band from the one we loved so long ago, but the new single, California, from their upcoming album, Seasons of Our Days, sounds as if no time has passed at all. The bare production, acoustic guitars, and Sandoval’s ethereal vocals create a pocket of quiet, contemplative, melancholic beauty that exists outside of the unrelenting flow of time. As soon as you hear those first few chords and aching lyrics you realize what you already knew, their sound is timeless, it is the past, it is the present, and it is the future, and it need never change.

Seasons of Your Days is due on September 24.

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