About Kendra Smith
A key player in the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene of the early '80s, Kendra Smith started out as the bass player in the guitar fuzz revisionists, The Dream Syndicate. This was taken a step further when she fronted the organ-steeped psychedelia of the influential Opal. Opal was the brainchild of David Roback and released only two records before breaking up and then reforming as Mazzy Star, with Kendra Smith now replaced by Hope Sandoval. She began her official solo career a few years later with two moderately received records that were filled with her Eastern-inspired guitar drones, cut-up techniques and quasi-mystical and usually puzzling vocals.