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hope sandoval announces UK headline show

With their last UK headline show selling out faster than we could get a ticket, we’re very happy to hear that Hope Sandoval has announced that she will play a one-off intimate show at London’s Bush Hall on May 24. Tickets cost £25 plus £3 booking fee and the usual sundry charges, and are on sale now here.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #50–26

part one | part two | part four

Here’s the third part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #50–26.

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Queen Adreena
Drink Me

[Rough Trade, 2002]

Casting aside the disparaging comparisons to “Kate Bush on crack” bestowed upon her in the wake of Queen Adreena’s debut album Taxidermy, KatieJane Garside upped the ante with Drink Me, tearing whatever hinges that were still attached right off with a blisteringly manic grunge-metal fervour. Among her Wonderland’s re-energised malice, the softer moments found Garside’s raging voice shrunk mouse-high, whispering seductively as if through the keyhole, or chillingly into a void. Richly imaginative and manically enjoyable, Drink Me remains one of the decade’s most vigorous and visceral thrills, disturbing to the very last note.

Alan Pedder

read our interview with KatieJane

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best of 2009: readers poll results #20-11

Still counting down the 50 albums you voted for in the highest number as your favourites for 2009. Numbers 20–11 right here.

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Pink Martini
Splendor In The Grass

[Heinz; October 2009]

What we said then: “With Splendor In The Grass, Pink Martini has produced an album which wears its heart, and multiple influences, on its sleeve. Nothing feels out of place here. The recording, production and sequencing are superb, and the performances are exquisite throughout. A beautifully executed record, it is laidback, sweet and life-affirming.” •••• Matt Bregazzi

What we say now: Some canny voting here! This magnificent album from multi-talented collective Pink Martini truly lives up to its title. Blissful moments of pleasure melt into one another as they romp through several decades’ worth of music and popular culture, even securing ‘Sesame Street’ actor Emilio Delgado for a duet cover of The Carpenters’ ‘Sing’. Anyone still in doubt after the album finale that China Forbes possesses one of the most sublime contemporary voices in music really needs new ears. Fact.

Download: ‘New Amsterdam’, ‘Over The Valley’, ‘Sunday Table’

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hope sandoval and martina topley-bird visit heligoland
November 24, 2009, 10:27 am
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It’s been almost seven years since Massive Attack released their last studio album 100th Window, which featured guest vocals from Sinéad O’Connor and Damon Albarn among others, so the February 2010 release of the long-awaited Heligoland is bound to attract a lot of attention. As usual, the remaining founding members Robert del Naja and Grant Marshall have lined up a stellar cast of vocalists to give the album a boost, including Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, plus the return of Horace Andy and Damon Albarn. Produced by Neil Davidge, the album also features DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy and Portishead’s Adrian Utley on guitar. Songs from recording sessions with Dot Allison, Beth Orton, Elizabeth Fraser and touring vocalist Stephanie Dosen didn’t make the final cut.

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hope sandoval & the warm inventions: through the devil softly (2009)


Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Through The Devil Softly •••••

It’s hard to think of any single artist from the ’90s who has been so frequently missed as Hope Sandoval. Collaborations with Devendra Banhart, Death In Vegas, Air and Massive Attack have kept her occupied, but the lack of her own material has definitely been pined for. But now, in answer to our prayers, the undisputed queen of shoegaze has returned. Reuniting with collaborator Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine fame, this long-awaited second effort from The Warm Inventions follows on somewhat belatedly from 2001’s Bavarian Fruit Bread, which saw her stepping away from the revered alt-rock of former band Mazzy Star and into something a little more her own. Recently announced tour dates have roused excitement and the confirmed promise of new material is in itself a pleasure, but with a hugely-felt 8-year absence since her last solo outing, expectations are understandably high.

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free music friday: hope sandoval
August 21, 2009, 7:13 am
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080709_hopesandovalHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

Eight years is a long time to dine only on one meal, even if it is as rich as Bavarian Fruit Bread, so last month’s news that Mazzy Star figurehead Hope Sandoval and her Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig would release their second album Through The Devil Softly in September was met with a flurry of excitement and the sweet nostalgia of preview track ‘Blanchard’. Now, with just five weeks to go before the album finally drops, a second song is doing the rounds to keep up the momentum. ‘Trouble’ is somewhat more direct than ‘Blanchard’, at least in Hope’s terms, with more going on in the rhythm section than its predecessor’s spaced-out, barely-there backing. With an unmistakably gothic-tinged country feel, it starts out closer to the full-band sound Marissa Nadler blossomed with on Little Hells, but, at a lengthy five and a half minutes, winds down as the song lapses into lots of breathy sighing. The song’s initially spellbinding qualities start to wear off, but perhaps it holds its own better in the context of the album. Through The Devil Softly is released through Nettwerk Records on September 28th. MP3 after the jump.

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hope sandoval comes out of hibernation
July 8, 2009, 8:50 am
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080709_hopesandovalNew album in September

Revered Mazzy Star frontwoman Hope Sandoval is gearing up to release her first album of new material in eight long years. Together with her other band The Warm Inventions, Hope will issue Through The Devil Softly, the long-awaited follow-up to their 2001 debut Bavarian Fruit Bread, on September 15th. Not only that, but the band will also release a single, ‘Blanchard’, on August 4th through their own label Song Bird, in conjunction with Nettwerk Records. The album was recorded in Northern California and in the Irish countryside. Of her time in Wicklow County, Hope’s bandmate (and drummer for My Bloody Valentine) Colm Ó Cíosóig told Rolling Stone that “It was really nice to go there,” says Ó Cíosóig. “It’s pretty remote. There was nothing but cows next door, a lake and a little pub down the road.” The obvious question – what took so long? – was also fielded. “I don’t really notice the time,” Hope told them. “We don’t keep track of the days and months. And the years.”

Aside from the single, which you can stream here, the album’s 11 tracks also include the songs ‘Wild Roses’, which Rolling Stone describes as “winsome…with a loose, pastoral vibe”, and ‘Bluebird’, a “spare piano-and-acoustic-guitar ballad…as if she’s whispering in your ear.” The article also reveals that, despite her well documented stage fright, Hope intends to put in some stage time for this release. “I enjoy singing with a band playing behind me,” she says, “it’s just that the audience is nerve wracking — even if it’s just 400 or 500 people.” The prospects for a UK appearance don’t sound especially promising from that, but we can dream.

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