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Songs We Love: Hope Sandoval, 'Let Me Get There (Feat. Kurt Vile)'

A still from Hope Sandoval's "Let Me Get There" video. ( )closemore
A still from Hope Sandoval's "Let Me Get There" video. ( )

With both Mazzy Star and her band The Warm Inventions, singer Hope Sandoval has helped perfect an impeccably shimmering sound that's ideally suited to her gorgeous, approachable voice. Both simple and difficult for others to duplicate — though it's inspired many, including the likes of Beach House — her formula has produced a major classic (1993's "Fade Into You") and a decades-long marathon of lovable deep cuts, released at an appropriately deliberate pace.

Back in 2013, when Mazzy Star released its first album in 17 years, it seemed as if Sandoval had put her solo career on hold — her last full-length solo project, Through The Devil Softly, came out in 2009. But she returns Nov. 4 with Until The Hunter, which features this collaboration with Philly rocker Kurt Vile, whose laconic cool meshes perfectly with the warm glow of Sandoval's voice.

The video for "Let Me Get There," directed by Sandoval herself, is kept pretty simple — just mouths superimposed over the floating heads of statues for four minutes. But the song itself requires no adornment, as it captures just the right blend of singers, sensibilities and rich, radiant guitar sounds.


Until The Hunter comes out Nov. 4 on Tendril Tales via INgrooves.

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