Monday, August 19, 2013

#323: Mazzy Star-Fade Into You (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Fade Into You"
Artist: Mazzy Star
Release Date: April, 1994
From the Album: So Tonight That I Might See (1993)

Quick Take: The most memorable and compelling song in Mazzy Star's catalog, "Fade into You" gave the band their only hit single, which fell just short of the Top 40 in 1993. Mazzy Star's gentle, hazy sound -- slow, guitar-based psychedelia with country and folk influences -- had grown out of Southern California's '60s-obsessed paisley underground scene, which saw its peak nearly a decade before "Fade into You" hit the airwaves; however, Mazzy Star updated the sound to make themselves primarily a dream pop band, and the contemporary sensibility helped them fit in nicely on the melancholy end of the alternative spectrum. Hope Sandoval delivers her breathy, husky vocals on "Fade into You" with a disengaged, almost unconcerned air, as though she really were fading away; meanwhile, guitarist David Roback's ethereal, somnolent slide work provides important texturing over the slowly strummed acoustic guitars. The overall effect is a sleepy, shimmering, reflective feeling; it's also somewhat druggy, evoking pain-numbing downers rather than mind-expanding psychedelics. It was a sound Mazzy Star had perfected, and on "Fade into You," it was united with the band's best songwriting to produce a minor masterpiece of atmosphere.

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