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Editors’ Notes

Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor take another break from their reputable solo careers, and their voices immediately click in that magical way that made 2002's Burn and Shiver and 2003's Hold On Love such graceful releases. The duo scouts out new musical terrain with this six-song EP, discovering the joys of electronic instruments and mechanized beats. There's still plenty of human touch here, but it's tucked in with warm, gurgling synths, as the stunning "Unannounced" illustrates with reversed musical lines and a rhythm that threatens to fall apart as it stutters to its end. "To This Life" scrapes past with a grungy trip-hop beat that complements ominous lo-fi, Portishead-like keyboard sounds and angelic vocals. The piano-based "The Heart Has Its Reasons," the EP's one track where an acoustic instrument is at the center, offers a sense of wistful times. For "We Can Wake," the piano is again joined by rustling beats that take the progress of the duo's 2010's album, Drawing Down the Moon, into a new realm.

Customer Reviews


The sound is a step away from their early records,a step into an alternate universe as they put it.Each song is so nice to listen to,and as always,the lyrics have the power to latch onto any and every part of your mind.


Just saw them live in Boston. The venue was problematic but they were amazing. You must see them live if you can. "Red Balloon" is my favorite song here but it's a great EP. So good… thank you!


Formed: 2001 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although they became important figures in the Saddle Creek community of Omaha, NE, Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor made their initial mark in Athens, GA, where they formed Azure Ray in 2001. The two musicians -- both Alabama natives as well as childhood friends -- relocated to Athens after school and combined elements of folk, pop, and light electronica into their 2001 debut album. The next winter, Azure Ray issued the November EP on the Saddle Creek label, sparking a fruitful association with the label...
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