Mazzy Star is back, will tour next year

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Talk about coincidence.

Mazzy Star — the ethereal Gothic folk duo from Hope Sandoval and David Roback — hasn’t been on the pop-cultural radar for ages, since their last third effort “Among My Swan,” way back in 1996.

But suddenly, they popped up in a strange new place, with their “Into Dust” being used in the trailer for the violent new video game “Gears Of War 3.”

Now comes the news that the group has, indeed, reformed, with a new single coming Oct. 31 — “Common Burn/Lay Myself Down,” released digitally (and then on limited-edition 7”) on their own Rhymes Of An Hour Records.

And it’s not like Sandoval hasn’t been busy.

With The Warm Inventions, she recently released “Through The Devil Softly,” and performed last year at Britain’s Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties, then at its Jim Jarmusch-organized New York equivalent a few months later.

Her spooky, otherworldly voice was also heard on the last Massive Attack album, “Heligoland.”

But Mazzy Star is back with a vengeance — early 2012 tour dates will soon be announced, with a full comeback album to quickly follow.

Keep up with their exploits at www.hopesandoval.com.

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