Seasons of Your Day
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2013 release, the first album in 17 years from the California Dream Pop duo. Titled Seasons of Your Day, the long-awaited follow up to 1996's Among My Swan was co-written and co-produced by founding members David Roback and Hope Sandoval. The album was recorded in California and is summed up as "music for lovers, music for broken hearts." My Bloody Valentine's Colm O C¡os¢ig and the late U.K. Folk legend Bert Jansch guest on the record, the latter having returned the favor to Roback, who contributed guitar work to Jansch's final studio album, 2006's The Black Swan. Among the album's 10 tracks are "Common Burn" and "Lay Myself Down", both of which surfaced as a split-single in late 2011. Also included is the first proper single, "California", which eerily captures how a meditative West Coast stroll should sound.
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But right now I am spinning Seasons Of Your Day on glorious 180 gram purple vinyl, and it is like the band has not skipped a beat. Atmospheric, but in a way that only Mazzy Star seems to be able to master. It is what we would come to expect from theses guys: sultry vocals, sparse, mixed with full arrangements, and competent song writing. It is wonderful. And the guitar interplay on Spoon (with the late Bert Jansch) is superb. You can really tell how much maturation that Hope has gone through in the last decade and a half, but that is in no way a bad thing.
What you will find on this album is much more typical of the music on She Hangs Brightly, but with a down home, almost country feel. But there is no doubt in my mind that it is well worth the purchase, just for the last two songs alone. Flying Low is a fantastic way to end the album.
The vinyl is mostly clean, with some rough patches of surface noise at the outro of side 2 and a slight warp bump on the intro to side 3. But all in all, I am very happy with pressing.
The organ and lyrics of Look On Down the Bridge, the last track of Among My Swan, lead directly into the first track, In the Kingdom, my favorite song off the album so far. My mind is blown. I'm in awe of how David Roback effortlessly compliments Hope's voice while leading the songs with his guitar playing. He's a true artist and musician.
Mazzy Star probably isn't for everyone and that's okay. I generally play upbeat music but Mazzy Star is one of those bands that I go back to, to keep me grounded. Love it.