Written for Venue magazine, July 2010
A Glimpse of Hope
With Massive Attack putting her smoky vocals to use earlier this year, Hope Sandoval has added yet another name to her collaborations list. Teaming up with ex My Bloody Valentine, Colm Ó Cíosóig to form the Warm Inventions in 2001, last year saw the release of their second album, Through the Devil Softly, a record sure you sweep you away to dreamland with its delicate eddies of strings and percussion.
Dirt Blue Gene appear on the album, as well as this year’s tour, and influence a sultry digression from Sandoval’s back catalogue with tracks like Trouble and For the Rest of your Life, which beautifully compliment the rest of the bell and chime encrusted tracks.
Sandoval effortlessly maintains the façade created by her enchanting art, remaining as enigmatic in person as she is in her closely guarded verses. Her tentative approach to journalists seeps into her live shows, where she favours audiences of tranquility rather than energy whilst she performs shrouded in shadow. “I go into myself, close myself off,” is as much as the elfin one will say.
“We just make music for ourselves,” her musical partner articulates. “We don’t really pay attention to what’s going on in the big world when it comes to pop music or anything.”
Evidently, Sandoval has been quietly working away in some secret glen, as she reveals a new Mazzy Star album on the horizon. She tantalizingly confesses “it’s almost finished, but when it will be coming out, I don’t know.”
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions Thurs 5 August, Fleece, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 945 0996, www.fleecegigs.co.uk/