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Mazzy Star Common Burn / Lay Myself Down [Single] (2011)

    Mazzy Star – Common Burn / Lay Myself Down [Single]
Location: Santa Monica, California
Release date: October 31, 2011
Record Label: Rhymes Of An Hour Records
01. Common Burn
02. Lay Myself Down
Mazzy Star returns!! Hope and David Roback are back as Mazzy Star! Two songs were released digitally on October 31, 2011: "Common Burn" [ iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Amazon UK MP3 ] and "Lay Myself Down" [ iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Amazon UK MP3 ]. There will also be a limited edition color vinyl released on November 8, 2011.
Mazzy Star is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989 from the group Opal, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Smith's friend Hope Sandoval became the group's vocalist when Smith left the band.
Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band's material.
Hope Sandoval (vocals)
David Roback (guitar)
Jill Emery (bass)
William Cooper (keyboards, violin)
Suki Ewers (keyboard)
Keith Mitchell (drums)
Born Hope Sandoval: June 24, 1966, Los Angeles, California, United States
Website H.S.: http://www.hopesandoval.com/home.shtml
Performing style:
During live performances, Sandoval prefers to sing in near-darkness with only a dim backlight, playing the tambourine, harmonica, glockenspiel or shaker. She is reputed to have a shy personality, and rarely interacts with the audience
Born David Roback: April 4, 1958, L.A.
Roback grew up in Los Angeles and attended Palisades High School, graduating in 1975. He was a classmate and neighbor of John Hoffs, the brother of Susanna Hoffs, who would eventually become the lead singer of the all-girl band The Bangles. He and his brother Stephen Roback, a bass guitarist, formed a band called the Unconscious, which also included Susanna Hoffs.
Roback was active in the Paisley Underground music scene in L.A. in the early-to-mid 1980s as the leader of the band Rain Parade which was immensely popular on the L.A. club circuit. Shortly after the release of the band's first album Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, in 1983, Roback left Rain Parade to join Rainy Day, a collaborative effort with a number of L.A. musicians in the Paisley Underground. After releasing their self-titled album, Roback formed Opal (which was initially called Clay Allison), with vocalist/bassist Kendra Smith, formerly of The Dream Syndicate. After one EP and one full length album Kendra Smith was replaced by Hope Sandoval but this lineup never released an album as Opal. David changed the name of the band to Mazzy Star in 1989.
Roback wrote and produced the songs which actress Maggie Cheung sang in the 2004 movie Clean. He also played the role of himself in the film.
Born Jill Emery: Born 1962, Los Angeles, California, United States
Website J.E.: http://www.jillemeryart.com/
J.E.: is an American artist and former musician based in Los Angeles, California. Best known as the bassist for the alternative rock band Hole from 1990 until 1992, Emery left the band after the subsequent tour for the band's debut album, Pretty on the Inside and was replaced by Kristen Pfaff in 1993. Prior to joining Hole, she played in Super Heroines from 1981 to 1988, and her later career saw her perform in Mazzy Star from 1993 to 1996 while also in Teardrain from 1994 to 1995.
Emery is now an artist, independently distributing her work. Most of her work is acrylics on canvas, though recently she has been experimenting with aceo in her art. The theme of Emery's art "deals with emotions whether through people, self or animals and nature, and how it's all connected."
Pretty Much Amazing:
California alt-country duo Mazzy Star haven’t released new music in fifteen years, but October of 2011 is proving a fruitful month, as Hope Sandoval and David Roback drop a digital 7” (it’ll be released physically too) leading up to an LP release and string of tour dates.
A-side “Common Burn” is all reverby harmonica, echoing xylophone, and wailing slide guitar, Sandoval crooning tenderly over that diverse array of instrumentation, which manages to never distract from her voice’s beautiful idiosyncracies. B-side “Lay Myself Down” is gorgeous too, a little simpler, rooted in simple acoustic strumming. Both bear a sleepy, golden kind of warm sunset glow – it’s impossible not to smile a kind of sad, nostalgic smile when you listen.

Notes: The tracks were recorded in California, London and Norway.





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