Can you believe it’s been 17 years since the last Mazzy Star album? Well it’s true. Among My Swan was released on October 29th, 1996.

Mazzy Star was born in Santa Monica from the ashes of Opal, which consisted of David Roback from Rain Parade, Kendra Smith from Dream Syndicate and Keith Mitchell. Hope Sandoval joined Opal as a vocalist in 1987 for the remaining live shows after Kendra Smith abruptly left the band during the Happy Nightmare Tour. Roback and Sandoval worked well together and continued to do live shows and record under the name Opal until ’88-’89 when they decided to start clean and form Mazzy Star. They had a good run before calling it quits in ’97 but not before releasing three full-length’s, She Hangs Brightly (1990), So Tonight That I Might See (1993) and Among My Swan (1996). Briefly reuniting in 2000, Mazzy Star did some live shows in Europe performing brand new songs that were supposedly part of their fourth album, but that never materialized. Mazzy Star would stay silent for another decade until 2010. In October of 2011 they released the double a-sided single “Common Burn”/”Lay Myself Down” for the elusive fourth album, Seasons of Your Day, which will finally be released on September 23rd in the UK and the 24th here in The States. The album features all-original members along with Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine joining the team. Mazzy Star recently played some dates here in California including an appearance at Coachella and is currently on-tour in Europe. Check-out the new single, “California,” below.

Hope Sandoval