Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (of My Bloody Valentine) have reunited as Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions to release Until The Hunter, their first album since 2009. This album has the ability to take you back in time with raw, stripped-down vocals and unexpected accompanying instrumentals. It’s a solid sample of what these two artists are all about: Each of their musical backgrounds blends to form pure, moody indie gold.
It’s a thoughtfully produced album track by track, beginning in the collaboration “Let Me Get There” with Kurt Vile. Sandoval and Vile complement each other seamlessly to create a groovy, soulful track that supports the essence of the album as a whole. As the album evolves, the group’s signature musical style features off-kilter, eerie instrumentals, especially heard on the nine-minute track “Into the Trees.” Its climax of sounds is derived from cymbals, wind chimes and other echoes from nature. That all makes for a hauntingly beautiful contrast with Sandoval’s delicate voice.
Each track emits an element of ease and warmth, as if you were witnessing your own private, intimate show from the comfort of your home. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions accomplish a whimsical spirit throughout that concludes with the cheeky blues swagger of “Liquid Lady.” Effortless sophistication makes this album memorable and timeless.»
– Kelsey Rzepecki