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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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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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