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Until the Hunter

Until the Hunter

by Hope Sandoval & The Warm InventionsHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions


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Hope Sandoval isn't the quickest worker, it took Mazzy Star almost 20 years to put out their fourth album, and this record comes seven years after the last one she made with Colm Ó Cíosóig under the Warm Inventions name. Despite the time it took to arrive, Until the Hunter is no great departure for the duo. It features many hushed, lit-by-candlelight ballads, loads of quiet beauty, and Sandoval's timelessly beautiful singing. Songs drift by on a wispy cloud of acoustic strumming, lazily twanged slide guitar, and twinkling keys, sometimes gently pushed forward by lightly brushed drums, sometimes left to float along on their own. New to the mix this time is vibraphone, as played by Sandoval, and a couple songs that stretch her horizons just a bit. The duet with Kurt Vile on "Let Me Get There" features the duo getting loose over a slinky Memphis soul groove: Sandoval sounding strangely at home in unfamiliar surroundings, Vile sounding like he wandered in off the street and barely learned the song. It's too bad he got the gig -- there are at least 50 male singers who could have nailed it in his place. The album-opening "Into the Trees" is a very, very slowly unspooling psych folk ballad that doesn't have much of a tune, but grabs the listener by the throat using its foggy chords, mysterious organ, and Sandoval's almost possessed vocals. It lasts for nine minutes, but could have gone on twice as long. The rest of the album is fully up to the standards Sandoval has established over time, with heart-tugging ballads like the very Mazzy Star-sounding "The Peasant" and the lovely "Day Disguise," languid folk songs ("The Hiking Song," "A Wonderful Seed"), and even a couple songs of a more sprightly-than-usual nature, the handclap-driven "I Took a Slip" and the almost jaunty "Isn't it True." As on previous Warm Inventions records, Sandoval and Ó Cíosóig prove masters of creating atmospheric settings for her luminous vocals. The addition of vibraphone and the slightly more expansive arrangements help make the album a subtle progression from the first two, so do the increased number of catchy songs. The duo have crafted another beautiful album and Sandoval sounds just as bewitching as she did the first time she stepped behind a microphone. Seven years is a long time to wait between albums, but if that's how long it takes to make the album as good as this is, then the wait was worth it.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2016
Label: Tendril Tales
UPC: 0881034123107
catalogNumber: 3
Rank: 144447


  1. Into the Trees
  2. The Peasant
  3. A Wonderful Seed
  4. Let Me Get There
  5. Day Disguise
  6. Treasure
  7. Salt of the Sea
  8. The Hiking Song
  9. Isn't It True
  10. I Took a Slip
  11. Liquid Lady

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions   Primary Artist
Jim Putnam   Guitar
Colm O'Ciosoig   Guitar,Drums
Hope Sandoval   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
Michael Masley   Gong,Harp
Browne   Bass
Ji-Young Moon   Cello
Mariee Sioux   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kurt Vile   Vocals
Mick Whelan   Keyboards
Charles Cullen   Guitar
Dave Brennan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jim Putnam   Engineer
Michael Manning   Engineer
Colm O'Ciosoig   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Hope Sandoval   Composer,Producer
Alan Montgomery   Composer
Reto Peter   Engineer
Charles Cullen   Composer
Dave Brennan   Composer
Barry Bödeker   Artwork

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