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Yes, today is the day! 90s dream pop band Mazzy Star is picking up right where they left off–their much anticipated new album is hitting the stores and iTunes today in the United States. Their album, Seasons of Your Day, serves as a musical reawakening for vocalist Hope Sandoval and guitarist-songwriter David Roback who went on an indefinite hiatus in 1997 after three albums and roughly a decade together. Despite the lapse in time from 1996′s Among My Swan, Roback told The Guardian that the band was never truly silent for seventeen years. “We were always recording and writing,” he said. “We just didn’t release any of it publicly.”
Co-written by Sandoval and Roback, Seasons of Your Day is their fourth studio album together. It was recorded in California and Norway (a truly global record), and it comes as the group’s ethereal and atmospheric sound is being echoed by younger artists such as Beach House and Lana Del Rey. Roback describes it as “a mosaic of songs and ideas. Each song has its own identity.”
“It’s so far, far away,” Sandoval sings in the beguiling, wistful single “California,” an acoustic narrative that could reference a place, but possibly the pop-music profile she’d left behind, too.
Seasons of Your Day was produced by David Roback and Hope Sandoval. The album is being released on their own label, Rhymes of An Hour Records, and formats will include CD, 180g vinyl double LP, and digital download. A North American tour will follow in November.
Stream Seasons of Your Day for free here, or download it on iTunes today if you’re feeling really ambitious.
1. In the Kingdom
3. I’ve Gotta Stop
4. Does Someone Have Your Baby Now
5. Common Burn
6. Seasons of Your Day
7. Flying Low
10. Lay Myself Down