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Mazzy Star: Seasons of your day (Rhymes of an Hour, 2013)

Lay myself down

Tras un larguísimo paréntesis de diecisiete años, el dúo Hope SandovalDavid Roback están de vuelta con este Seasons of your day. Un disco que, de alguna manera, les sitúa en el punto donde lo dejaron. Sin embargo, en estas Estaciones, Mazzy Star de alguna manera involucionan su sonido, dando mayor prestancia al componente más acústico. Una especie de vuelta atrás hacia el Blues más rural, slides y dobros de toda clase incluidos. Su carácter más poppero y digamos “experimental” deja aquí paso a un trabajo mucho más puro, mucho más encaminado a lo acústico: Flying low, I´ve gotta stop, Does someone have your baby now?, Common burn, Sparrow, Spoon… En algún lugar leía que ante la cierta reiteración de esquemas demasiado sencillos, Mazzy Star se comportan como “un par de músicos de enorme talento que poseen los recursos necesarios para dotar al conjunto de profundidad y sentido“, lo que les evita caer en cierto sopor. Desgraciadamente, mi opinión no puede ser la misma.
Encuentro mucho más entretenimiento y amenidad en cortes como los briosos Lay myself down, In the kingdom, California o la misma Flying low.
Seasons of your day es un trabajo que, sí, suena a Mazzy Star, pero… por momentos se deja caer en brazos de Morfeo. De acuerdo que sí, es un disco que hay que oírlo pausadamente, darle tiempo suficiente para su maceración. Pero, definitivamente, me quedo con su cara más Pop.

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David Roback, Mazzy Star’s musical driving force and a veteran of 1980s L.A. bands from Rain Parade to Opal, hasn’t been in the public eye since Among My Swan, but whatever he’s been up to, he remembers how to make a record sound good and how to write simple and effective chord changes. The craftsmanship of the songs—their mix of longing, weary resignation, and dusty cracks of sunlight—remains at a high level. To hear this Mazzy Star record is to understand why the modest and enjoyable Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions never really took off; Roback studied the work of Lou ReedNeil Young, and Jagger/Richards in their prime, and he’s retained those lessons all these years later. The reverb forming a halo around Sandoval’s voice on “California” is warm and haunted, Roback’s guitar tone on “Common Burn” is impossibly lonesome and beautiful, and the acoustic slide imparting a sense of “Wild Horses” blusiness on “Sparrow” and “Does Someone Have Your Baby Now” cuts through yawning canyons of silence. The record is sonically impressive in an elemental way, and the songs are memorable and distinct.
But if Mazzy Star have done amazingly well bringing back their initial sound and spirit, they also haven’t done anything to transcend its limitations. As gorgeous as the music can be, it still tends to work best in the background, a mood or vibe to give a dim room a nice tint. “Fade Into You”, their one hit and the only song most of the world has heard by them, with its “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” progression and pronounced romantic ache, did manage to connect with a lot of people on a deeply emotional level, but that wasn’t necessarily the point of Mazzy Star as a whole. There was always some remove to the project, a certain formalism; still, to my ear, none of these qualities detract from what makes Mazzy Star so listenable and appealing. Those first three albums have always been easy to put on and enjoy, and now we have a fourth to go with them” (Pitchfork)

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