Mazzy Star

Fade Into You

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The most memorable and compelling song in Mazzy Star's catalog, "Fade into You" gave the band their only hit single, which fell just short of the Top 40 in 1993. Mazzy Star's gentle, hazy sound -- slow, guitar-based psychedelia with country and folk influences -- had grown out of Southern California's '60s-obsessed paisley underground scene, which saw its peak nearly a decade before "Fade into You" hit the airwaves; however, Mazzy Star updated the sound to make themselves primarily a dream pop band, and the contemporary sensibility helped them fit in nicely on the melancholy end of the alternative spectrum. Hope Sandoval delivers her breathy, husky vocals on "Fade into You" with a disengaged, almost unconcerned air, as though she really were fading away; meanwhile, guitarist David Roback's ethereal, somnolent slide work provides important texturing over the slowly strummed acoustic guitars. The overall effect is a sleepy, shimmering, reflective feeling; it's also somewhat druggy, evoking pain-numbing downers rather than mind-expanding psychedelics. It was a sound Mazzy Star had perfected, and on "Fade into You," it was united with the band's best songwriting to produce a minor masterpiece of atmosphere.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
So Tonight That I Might See 1993 Capitol / EMI Records 4:55
No Image 1994 Capitol
Hidden Treasures [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 2000
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:55
Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years 2001
Various Artists
Mute 4:54
Non Stop '90s Rock 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:54
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol 4:53
Magic Summer 2004
Various Artists
Recall (UK) 4:50
Alternative Love Songs 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:54
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Mehmet Scholl: Frei: Gespielt 2007
Various Artists
Stereo Deluxe 4:53
The Best of Acoustic 2008
Various Artists
Shock 4:53
Chasing Mavericks [Original Soundtrack] 2012
Original Soundtrack
Relativity 4:54
To Do List 2013
Original Soundtrack
Universal 4:52
American Honey [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Various Artists
Universal 4:53
Chill Out [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:52
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:52
Music From The Motion Picture The To Do List
Various Artists
Universal 4:52
Mytunes: Adam Spencer's Breakfast Music
Various Artists
ABC Music 4:55