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A founding member of Azure Ray who enjoys working within the Saddle Creek Records scene, Orenda Fink has everything it takes to be a full-time solo artist. Blue Dream, her third solo album, is a beautifully sculpted collection of gentle songs that deal with a myriad of topics, though often concerned with the vagaries of death. (The songs are largely inspired by the death of Fink’s elderly dog.) Her lead vocals remain in a comfortable midrange while her backing vocals aren’t afraid to shoot for the skies. There’s a subtle aggression to “This Is a Part of Something Greater” and “You Are a Mystery,” two of the album’s clear highlights, where Fink’s phrasing and ability to toy with a melody achieves transcendence. The title track emphasizes the vowel power of her voice; a touch of organ adds to the solemn sense. “Sweet Disorder” takes personal pain and distills it into gorgeous harmonies and a somber, tastefully orchestrated folk song. From start to finish, Blue Dream is a beautiful piece of work.

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Blue Dream

I love Orenda Fink - this album is ethereal - I think her best work so far - bought it as soon as I heard it

Lush, gorgeous, ethereal

Thank you All Songs Considered for introducing me to Orenda Fink. This album is so lovely, layered, and deceiving of many listens - especially with headphones.

Biography

Born: September 18, 1975 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Orenda Fink made her first splash as the songwriting partner of Maria Taylor, she also became a respected bandleader and solo musician in her own right, drawing upon everything from Haitian folk music to pop/rock in the process. Fink and Taylor first launched their partnership as students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, which led to the formation of Little Red Rocket several years later. When that group disbanded after two albums — 1997's Who Did You Pay and 2000's It's in the...
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