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“Until The Hunter” by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“Until The Hunter” by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions


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.

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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