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Editors’ Notes

Azure Ray’s first album in seven years sounds as if no time has elapsed. Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor harmonize like common sense. The two have spent the ensuing years recording impressive solo albums but are always so soothing when put together. “Larraine” is a stunner, based on dark dooming strings and a funereal piano with Fink and Taylor pulling together on a melody that keeps finding new territory until it finally fades. “On and On Again” comes across like an early-‘70s singer-songwriter tune with country influences. “Make Your Heart” is another wide-screen love song hitched to a pounding backbeat and backing vocals that twist in the eerie wind. Their vocals outlast the music to “Silver Sorrow.” “Signs In the Leaves” begins as a quiet folk tune and slowly adds harmonies and piano. “Walking In Circles” ends things on a beautifully crafted note. These are gorgeous tunes that play with great strength despite their gentle surfaces.

Customer Reviews

lovelovelove

long time azure ray fan and im am very pleased. harp violin amazing guitar and lush vocals. heaveeeen. why do the digital booklets never work for me???!!!! errr

slow depth for meaningful hearts

What a wonderful sound of bliss and mystery. Woven from nights of stars and moon-gazing. I cannot tell you how I have longed for this release, possibly since i heard their first song. Beautiful artful music awaits your ears.

Worth the wait

I have been a fan of Azure Ray for years and have happily followed Maria and Orenda's solo careers. Something about the two of them togethet feels like coming home. Always beautiful... Not too sleepy. I will immediately put this record into heavy rotation.

Biography

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...
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