Early 90s dream pop/folk/shoegaze group composed of Hope Sandoval (Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions) and Dave Roback is set to release its first new album since 1996’s Among My Swan. The duo is best known for its hit alternative ballad, “Fade Into You,” from 1993’s So Tonight That I Might See. The past week saw the release of two new singles, possibly from the new album, “Common Burn” and “Lay Myself Down.” Listen below:
“Common Burn” is reminiscent of the alt-country movement (Mojave 3, Ryan Adams and Neil Young). The lyrics speak of a burning passion and sense of loss and the music plays off of these themes. Sandoval delivers powerful vocals that radiate longing and hurt, which fit in well with the smooth slide guitar with intermittent harmonica lines.
“Lay Myself Down” continues in the alt-country fashion — slide guitar, simple strummed acoustic guitar and classic country themes (loss, regret). Sandoval’s poignant vocals have not lost their capacity to bend emotions to her will. The duo has not lost their ability in their sizable time pursuing other projects.