Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Mazzy Star - Common Burn
Mazzy Star’s comeback single hit the record shop racks this week and opens with the enigmatic appeal of “Simple things like your overcoat and your beauty that’s still burning me”, kind of like Harriet Brown by David Roback’s old band Opal: “Harriet Brown wears a man’s felt hat that she bought in Spain”. That'll be £8.99, sir. What recession? I’m taking it just for that beginning.
This is vintage Roback and prime Hope Sandoval. Ry Cooder’s spacious desolation, Neil Young’s countrified desperation and the Paisley Underground’s smart 60s pop touches all swim in Mazzy Star’s psychedelic slipstream. If the new album's of this standard, it might just be their best yet.
It didn’t take 16 years to make this single. Mazzy Star work at their own pace. Always have. This Melody Maker interview from 5 January 1991 goes some way to explaining their outlook.
Posted by Ben at 11:24