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Mazzy Star singer to return from 8 year hermitage

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It's called Through the Devil Softly, and though we haven't heard it, the title of Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions' next disc alone is a perfect capturing of Sandoval's musical presence-- dark, brooding, but eternally soft to the touch.

Ever since coyly shying from the limelight with Mazzy Star in the mid 1990s, Hope Sandoval (yes, Mazzy Star was the band name) has been a model of elusiveness. Rumors of agoraphobia and terminal stage fright were dreamed up by a media hungry for more of Sandoval's sound, but, as it turns out, she's simply punched in on her own clock, not ours.

Mazzy Star performing Fade Into You in 1994.

From Rolling Stone:

Sandoval is back. With her band Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions (which features My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig), Sandoval is gearing up to release her second record since the act's 2001 debut Bavarian Fruit Bread. The new disc Through the Devil Softly -- out September 15th -- is a lovely, 11-track collection of narcotic, folk tunes centered by Sandoval's breathy, irresistible seductive croon. So what took so long? "I don't really notice the time," says Sandoval coyly. "We don't keep track of the days and months. And the years."

We've always loved Sandoval. And for us bloggers of a certain age, Mazzy Star's 1994  release So Tonight That I May See has carved for itself a permanent spot in our most tender, pink brain lobes.

There was a time, readers, before we grew these jagged crusts, before we were the Palpatine-esque, whithered, spiteful husks, and when life and the music that scored was soaringly beautiful to us. And of all the albums of our misspent youths, So Tonight That I May See is one of particular note.

So many fond nights spent cruising around Lake Superior, daring ourselves to hold her hand, trying desperately to work up the courage before it was too late. It was music for midnight and for bitter affections, crafted so softly that just hearing it somehow threatened to crush it. As delicate as gossamer, its songs have endured with a hardiness not evidenced in their making.

In any case, Through The Devil Softly has been earmarked for a Spetember 15 release, and positive press is already beginning to trickle in. Now speaking of trickles, you must excuse us-- there seemes to be a speck of sentiment caught in our eye.