Hope Sandoval

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Hope Sandoval
Hope Sandoval.jpg
Performing in New York, 2010
Background information
Born (1966-06-24) June 24, 1966 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Dream pop, psychedelic, alternative rock, folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, harmonica, percussion, glockenspiel, guitar, keyboards[1]
Years active 1986–present
Labels Rough Trade, Capitol, Rhymes of an Hour, Sanctuary, Nettwerk
Associated acts Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Opal, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Massive Attack
Website hopesandoval.com
Notable instruments
Headless tambourine

Hope Sandoval (born June 24, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter who is the lead singer for Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions.[2] Sandoval has toured and collaborated with other artists, including Massive Attack, for whom she sang "Paradise Circus" on the 2010 album Heligoland[3] and "The Spoils" on the 2016 eponymous single.[4]

Early life[edit]

Hope Sandoval grew up in a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles, California.[2] She attended Mark Keppel High School. In 1986, she formed the folk music duo Going Home with Sylvia Gomez, and recorded one album produced by David Roback, which has never been released.[2]


Opal and Mazzy Star[edit]

Sandoval performed with the band Opal in the late 1980s alongside David Roback and long-time Roback collaborator Kendra Smith. After Smith's abrupt departure during a tour of the UK (hurling her guitar to the floor at the Hammersmith gig), Sandoval took over lead vocals. At the end of the tour, Roback and Sandoval began writing together and formed the alternative rock band Mazzy Star.[2]

The first Mazzy Star album, She Hangs Brightly, was released in 1990. While not a commercial success, this album did establish Mazzy Star as a band with a unique sound. The band had a surprise breakthrough hit single released in October 1993. "Fade into You" – from its second album So Tonight That I Might See – was recorded one year before it became a success. There is a continuity between the sounds and moods established on Mazzy Star's first two albums and its third, Among My Swan.

Post-Mazzy Star[edit]

After 1996, Sandoval collaborated with a series of artists, including Air, Bert Jansch, Death in Vegas, Le Volume Courbe, Richard X, The Chemical Brothers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Twilight Singers, Vetiver, Massive Attack and Psychic Ills.[5]

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions[edit]

Sandoval formed The Warm Inventions in 2000 and released her first solo album Bavarian Fruit Bread in 2001, which she recorded with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. The album differed in terms of theme, voice, and instrumentation from that of her work with Mazzy Star. Bert Jansch plays guitar on two tracks, and the album features two covers, "Butterfly Mornings" from the film The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) and Jesus and Mary Chain's "Drop".[6] The Warm Inventions released two EPs, At the Doorway Again in 2000 and Suzanne in 2002 but did not win commercial success, with one video on MTV and little radio play. Sandoval recorded a song, "Wild Roses", for a compilation CD released by Air France, In the Air (2008).

Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions released their second album, Through the Devil Softly, on September 29, 2009.

Sandoval and her band were chosen by Matt Groening to perform at the edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival he curated in May 2010 in Minehead, England. The group also played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010 at the request of film director Jim Jarmusch.

Mazzy Star reformation[edit]

In 2009, Sandoval confirmed in an interview with Rolling Stone that Mazzy Star was still active: "It's true we're still together. We're almost finished [with the record]. But I have no idea what that means."[7] In October 2011, the group released the single "Common Burn"/"Lay Myself Down", their first material in 15 years.[8] The group stated that they had plans to release the album in 2012.[9] In July 2013, "California", the first single from the new album was released. The album, Seasons of Your Day, was released in September 2013.

Performing style[edit]

During live performances, Sandoval prefers to sing in near-darkness with only a dim backlight, playing the tambourine, harmonica, glockenspiel or shaker.[10] She has a reputation for shyness.[11] Her stage presence has been described as "idly withdrawn, barely acknowledging the audience."[2]


Mazzy Star[edit]

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions[edit]

Guest vocals[edit]


  1. ^ "Hope Inspires". HopeSandoval.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. If I can't get the keyboard part, then he can get it, or vice versa. I'd rather not play guitar, but sometimes because I write the songs it's really difficult for somebody else to play it, they sort of don't interpret it the way it's supposed to be. And if he writes the song on keyboards, it's best that he plays the keyboard part. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Official Website of Hope Sandoval". HopeSandoval.com. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  3. ^ "BYT Interview: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions". BrightestYoungThings. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Massive Attack Release "Come Near Me" New Video, Plus Hope Sandoval Collaboration". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Official Website of Hope Sandoval". HopeSandoval.com. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Frozen Entrée – Page 1 – Music – Los Angeles". LA Weekly. November 22, 2001. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  7. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (July 6, 2009). "Mazzy Star Crooner Readies Return With Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  8. ^ "Mazzy Star return for first release in 15 years". NME. October 18, 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  9. ^ "Mazzy Star to release new album in 2012". NME. November 2, 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  10. ^ "LiveDC: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions @ Sixth & I". BrightestYoungThings. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  11. ^ McLaughlin, Moira E. (October 9, 2009). "Profile of Enigmatic Singer Hope Sandoval". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  12. ^ "dirt blue gene & hope sandoval ..not at all". Youtube. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 

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