Hope Sandoval’s work with Mazzy Star and her own Warm Inventions is, well, so warm and singular that it’s tough to imagine her languid vocals doing anything but transforming a track into a Sandoval song. However, in her new collaboration with Brooklyn psych outfit Psychic Ills, the two musical forces join to create one beautiful sound that just wouldn’t be the same without one voice or the other. It’s simple and wistful and sounds so much like country that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was produced in Nashville.
The song, called “I Don’t Mind,” is taken from Psychic Ills’ upcoming album, Inner Journey Out. It’s the band’s first release since 2013’s great, sleazy One Track Mind. This new cut sees singer Tres Warren abandoning his signature snark for pure Southern longing, and Sandoval’s wide open vocals find a home perfectly within the steel-y guitar and psych synths.
It’s been a big week for Sandoval, too, who announced that she was at work with The Warm Inventions on a new record, the band’s first in seven years. The first single for that album will be released on this year’s Record Store Day, on April 16. In 2013, Mazzy Star released Seasons of the Day, their first record in 17 years.
Listen to “I Dont Mind” below. Inner Journey Out is out June 3 on Sacred Bones.