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Album Review

Azure Ray is an Athens, GA, duo composed of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor; their self-titled debut album is a quiet, gentle set of lovely songs that doesn't fit neatly into any current pigeonhole. Both women have contributed to more well-known projects — both have played in the ever-changing Bright Eyes touring band and Fink has played with the interesting Japancakes instrumental ensemble (but she didn't hint at the sort of lovely and emotional soul-searching found on Azure Ray). Produced by Eric Bachmann (aka Crooked Fingers and former Archers of Loaf frontman), the record is delicate walk through a dark world of relationships. Bachmann seems to contribute atmosphere more than anything (although the saxophone on "Don't Make a Sound" could've come right from his Barry Black project), allowing the two singer/songwriters to stretch sadly around melancholy melodies. The album's best songs are the most sad; their pain is our very distinct pleasure.

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I just recently heard this wonderful sound from the movie "winter passing". I quickly jumped on my computer and downloaded any and everything by azure ray. I love the sound so unique in the sense a beauty and relaxation. I would recommend Azure Ray to everyone I know, and I already did!.


Sleep Is one of the best songs ever. I saw the Devil Wears Pada and I loved this song. All the songs are good but this one puts you into like a trance or somthing. I LOVE SLEEP. Loves it!

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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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