Saturday, September 06, 2008
Mazzy Star were perhaps the best known and most successful adherents of the early 90's dream pop movement. Incorporating elements of psychedelic folk, blues rock, and country, the group road the coattails of the alternative rock revolution into minor chart success. This song "Fade Into You" barely missed the Top 40 and picked up substantial MTV airplay, back when a single in heavy MTV rotation was a powerful force in determining eventual mainstream success. From the vantage point of fifteen years hence, this song has dated slightly and is very much of its time, but it remains a minor gem of the era.
Singer Hope Sandoval's lazy, echo-drenched vocals and guitarist David Roback's skillful, soaring slide guitar were perfectly matched for each other. "Fade Into You" may be best known due to the fact that it was included in the soundtrack of countless teen dramas and sitcoms. Perhaps it's understandable then that the track found itself incorporated into more than a few proms, slow dances, and adolescent romances.
*A commenter notes that the music sounds decidedly, in her words, "hypnotic." I completely agree.