Song of the Week 25: Suzanne – Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

This week´s song of the week is going to be short and sweet. This is mainly because I don´t have very much to say about the song itself, other than that it´s been a favourite of mine since the album came out.
The song Suzanne is on the group´s first album Bavarian Fruit Bread. Their style is sometimes labled Dreampop or Acid Folk, and let´s just say it´s so laid back it´s horizontal.


That should be no surprise, because The Warm Inventions were formed out of the ashes of  the dreamy soporific sounding Mazzy Star, with their lead singer Hope Sandoval in tow, and Irish musician Colm O´Cíosóig (pronounced Kee-Sohg for those unfamiliar with Gaelic) the former drummer of shoegazing/dreampop/noisepop My Bloody Valentine. Bass player Alan Browne, from Irish band Dirt Blue Gene also played bass and co-wrote some songs on the album.


I once brought Mazzy Star´s second album So Tonight That I Might See to a friend´s place and he was so impressed he fell asleep midway through, but that´s the effect Hope Sandoval´s vocals have on you. They put you in a trance.

Bavarian Fruit Bread was released by Sanctuary Records on October 23, 2001 in the US and on November 5, 2001 by Rough Trade in the UK.

The song Suzanne was the album´s first and only official single from the album, and it became a minor hit. The video, directed by Elise Collins, received heavy rotation on MTV2 in the US and UK.

Along with a few other songs, Suzanne was written much earlier, before the formation of Mazzy Star. Legendary folk guitarist Bert Jansch also plays on Charlotte and Butterfly Mornings on the album.

The album, like the song Suzanne, is slow and mysterious, with Sandoval´s almost narcotic voice hypnotising the listener. The minimal accompaniment (guitars, glockenspiel, keybords, bass, drums, harmonica) is reminiscent of Mazzy Star, but as the band´s name suggests there´s more warmth, less sparseness. It sounds more melodic and slightly less distant than her old band. Their sound invokes the feel of The Velvet Underground´s Sunday Morning and Pale Blue Eyes.

Meanwhile Colm O´Cíosóig (who plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and does backing vocals on the album) was, along with Kevin Shields, one of the founder members of critics´ favourite, the Dublin band My Bloody Valentine, onceaponatime dubbed the loudest band in the world. On their masterpiece Loveless, they experimented with distortion, pitch bending and digital reverb. Although the album was received with great critical acclaim, it almost bankrupted their label Creation Records.


Here´s a pic of Colm and Hope:

Suzanne is waiting at your doorway
But all she does is waste your time
And she looks just like my sister
But she feels just like my man

And all the times I mean to tell her
The cats in here are over-flowin’
She pulls aside a four leaf clover
And makes me feel right on my own

Suzanne, Suzanne
Suzanne, Suzanne

Suzanne is waiting at your doorway
But all she does is waste your time
And she looks just like my sister
But she feels just like my man

Well, enjoy…

Just don´t listen to it while driving or operating machinery…

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