For an outfit featuring members of two of the dreamiest guitar bands around, the name Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions leaves only a little bit of room for mystery. The duo comprises the Mazzy Star vocalist and Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine — the latter taking on a name that conveys well the soft sparks of their music — though Sandoval’s vocals are the key player here. And, considering their endlessly crystalline qualities, how could it be any other way? With their third album together, Sandoval and Ó Cíosóig let her vocals ring, shading them in the many shades of gray between subtle warmth and sighing melancholy.
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