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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Laid-back, slowcore ethereal alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Through The Devil Softly (2009)

See also:

Hope Sandoval's site

The Ectophiles' Guide's entry for Mazzy Star

Comparisons:

Mazzy Star, Elysian FieldsMazzy Star without the jangling or electronic leanings. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Covers/own material:

Mostly own

General comments:

Hope Sandoval is the former lead singer of Mazzy Star. Ó Cíosóig was formerly with My Bloody Valentine.

Recommended first album:

Bavarian Fruit Bread

Recordings:


At the Doorway Again

Release info:

2001—Rough Trade

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

not bad, judging by 1.5 listens. as languid as mazzy star, but more liquid, if that makes any sense, and less country-like. some burbly keyboards here and there give this a different tone as well. bert jansch guests on one track. until hearing this, i never really realized that hope can give jennifer charles of elysian fields a run for her money in the sultry department. (woj@smoe.org)

Finally, Hope Sandoval and Warm Invention, "At the doorway again". Again, continuity—this could well be a new Mazzy Star CD! Relaxed, unhurried, yet somewhat smoldering, it picks up pretty much where Among My Swan left off. Which is a huge relief for me—I need some Mazzy Star now and then! Slight difference in sound, more like a continental drift than a real change, brings them ever closer to the Elysian Fields. Perhaps they will merge one day :) (afries@zip.com.au)


Bavarian Fruit Bread

Release info:

2001—Rough Trade—06076-83201-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Hope Sandoval—vocals, guitar, keys, glockenspiel, harmonica, backing vocals

Guest artists:

Alan Browne—bass on tracks 1, 4, 11
Juilan Goldwhite—guitar on track 10
Jill Emery—bass on track 10
Bert Jansch—guitar on tracks 3, 7
Paul mc Quillan—guitar on tracks 4, 11
Ó Cíosóig—drums, bass, guitar, keys, backing vocals
Mike Prosenko—guitar on track 1
Ji-Young Woon—cello on track 6
Nicole Presley—backing vocals on track 1
Arve Henrickson—trumpet on track 12

Produced by:

Hope Sandoval and Ó Cíosóig

Comments:

Amazing solo debut! What has amazed me even more are all the rave reviews she has got in norwegian media. If her forthcoming releases are all half this good then I'm really gonna be happy. (onealien@mo.himolde .no)

Whether or not you like this cd depends on how you like the central conceit of Ms. Sandoval's singing. A little girl Lolita voice, distant, bored and slutty, without much range or power against vaguely folky, postmodern country—not quite slowcore, not quite psychedelic. I like the vaporous, desultory sound myself, but not all the time. This is firmly a 2AM cd. (ethereal_lad@livejournal.com)

I enjoy the cd basically for the atmosphere it creates. Hope's voice is in great form and even though only one or two of the songs actually claim a life of their own to me, the mood and feeling this cd creates (like some of Mazzy Star's stuff) is great to just sit back and listen to. I'm a lyrics person but when I listen to Hope or Mazzy Star I really only hear the voice and the music. It's worth buying. (RocketsTail@aol.com)

This is a great album for the right mood, which is usually a late at night/really early morning when you want something to drift along to, something to feel rather than something to make you think. Similar to yet different from Mazzy Star, slower, gentler, more sensuous. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Through the Devil Softly

Release info:

2009—Nettwerk—0 6700 30848 2 6

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Hope Sandoval—vocals, all instruments not otherwise listed

Guest artists:

Colm Ó Cíosóig—drums, all instruments not otherwise listed
Alan Browne—bass
Charles Cullen—guitar & slide
Dave Brennan—guitar
Paul McQuillan—guitar
Mick Whelan—piano
Nigel Cullen—drums
Ji Young Moon—cello
Suki Ewers—keyboards
Sylvia Gomez—backing vocals

Produced by:

Hope Sandoval & Colm Ó Cíosóig

Comments:

Similar overall to Bavarian Fruit Bread, but somewhat darker and maybe a touch edgier. (JoAnn Whetsell)

yaaaawn! (lasherboy@gmail.com)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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