Miley Cyrus has added another track to the fold of her impressive resume of covers songs; this time tackling Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You.’
The cover was part of Cyrus’ appearance on NPR’s quarantine series, Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The 11-minute production saw Miley Cyrus make her way through ‘Fade Into You’, and Plastic Hearts tracks ‘Golden G-String’ and ‘Prisoner’ from the comfort of a miniature bedroom.
Miley’s performance of the perennial melancholy girls anthem was faithful to the original. Though, thankfully, Miley didn’t attempt to recreate Hope Sandoval’s inimitable, languid vocals — instead opting for a fuller approach to the tracks chorus. Whilst nothing can capture the strange, desolate magic of the original, Cyrus’ cover is a whole lot of fun.
In promotion of her latest, excellent record Plastic Hearts, Miley Cyrus opted to flex her rock muscles and cover a number of classic, beloved tracks. In addition to ‘Fade Into You’, Cyrus has cut her teeth on Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’, The Cranberries ‘Zombie’, Hole’s ‘Doll Parts’, Hall & Oates’ ‘Maneater’, The Cardigans ‘Communication’ and Pearl Jam’s ‘Just Breathe.’
Check out Miley Cyrus covering ‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star on NPR’s Tiny Desk
In February last year, David Roback — the producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandoval—passed away, following a battle with metastatic cancer. He was 61.
Roback was an influential figure in LA’s neo-psychedelia scene dubbed the Paisley Underground. He formed the band Rain Parade with his brother Steven Roback, but left after releasing the 1983 debut Emergency Third Rail Power Trip.
Roback went on to form Opal with vocalist Kendra Smith. Opal laid the blueprint for Roback’s future career endeavours. Smith left Opal during the tour behind 1987’s Happy Nightmare Baby LP, which led to Sandoval being appointed the band’s new singer. Roback and Sandoval would later form Mazzy Star.
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The first album from Mazzy Star, She Hangs Brightly, was released in 1990. The follow-up, 1993’s So Tonight That I Might See, featured what would be the band’s biggest hit, “Fade Into You.”In addition to producing their albums, Roback also co-wrote all of Mazzy Star’s songs alongside Sandoval, including 2013’s Seasons of Your Day, their fourth full-length album and first in 17 years. The band’s final release, the Still EP, was issued in 2018.