Hope Sandoval & the Warn Inventions, Bavarian Fruit Bread. Rough Trade.
Those familiar with Mazzy Star's Velvet-Underground influenced, trancey
trip-hop can prolly imagine what Sandoval's album will deliver. Sandoval's
luscious vocals remain enveloped in echo, producing the same alienated,
sleepy, laconic, distant solitude that helped make Mazzy such a compelling
band. The result is essentially Mazzy Star without the psychedelic soundscape
provided by Mazzy guitarist Dave Roback's distinctive feedback, reverb,
and crescendos. The dark psychelia is replaced with a complex folkiness,
perhaps a result of Sandoval's collaboration on this album with Colm
O'Ciosoig (from 80s avant-pop outfit My Bloody Valentine). Mazzy fans
who revel in trancey melancholy may be disappointed. But suckers for
Sandoval's voice will not be let down. It's a very mellow album, and
its folky darkness is perhaps reminiscent of Leonard Cohen at times.
It's perfect for bed - sleep and sleep-plus; it's consummate date music.
And like Mazzy Star, it's deeply moving and beautiful. A rewarding album
for anyone in need of down time. Oh, for those keeping score--the first
track is penned by The Jesus and Mary Chain's William Reid, Sandoval's
sometime lover and collaborator. (Digression: It must be hard for this
couple to get attention after the standard set by this disturbing pair:
Nick Cave and Polly Jean Harvey. Oh to be a fly on the wall of that