Three Way: Mazzy Star – “Fade Into You”

Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See is on iTunes.

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by Walter Price

 

Austin, TX, 1994, riding through endless nights in a ragged out hand-me-down Peugeot belonging to my roommate. One cassette soundtracked a majority of the angst filled year. That being Mazzy Star’s stunning So Tonight That I Might See. Becoming lost in the mesmerizing tones and layers of reluctant rock stars Hope Sandoval and David Roback. But most will tell you, it was Sandoval’s hauntingly beautiful delivery that kept listeners intrigued.

None more evident than the song that captivated The Smiths and Jesus and Mary Chain crowd, “Fade Into You”. A song that explores the narrator’s frustrated desire to break down the inner barriers lurking in the dark recesses of her love Wanting more, wanting her flame to destroy the tainted views they may dwell in.

I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take a breath that’s true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life
You go in shadows
You’ll come apart and you’ll go blind
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what’s not there.

Beautiful and daunting moments expressed in a song that has endured over time. Trying to interpret such a masterpiece can be a challenge and many have tried, and only a few have succeeded. Here are three that I think hit the mark. Paying respect to the original while making the track all their own.

 

MAZZY STAR

Hope Sandoval / Facebook

 

Dinosaur Jr.

 

LI-LO

 

Au Revoir Simone

 

MOTHERSHIP

 

 

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