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Drawing Down The Moon (Awaiting Repress)It's been nearly seven years since Azure Ray duo Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor released their critically acclaimed and most recent album Hold On Love. With 3 prior full-lengths and an EP, the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, and Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Azure Ray are famed for their bittersweet melancholy and Drawing Down is a perfect ode to their harmonious musical gifts.1.Wake Up, Sleepyhead
2.Don't Leave My Mind
3.In the Fog
5.On and On Again
6.Make Your Heart
8.Signs In the Leaves
9.Love and Permanence
10.Shouldn't Have Loved
12.Walking In Circles$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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As Above So Below (On Sale)For Drawing Down the Moon, we focused on revisiting the very first Azure Ray record. That approach facilitated Orenda (Fink) and I bringing our sound together stylistically and emotionally after working so many years apart, explains vocalist Maria Taylor. For As Above So Below, we wanted it to be more like Azure Ray in an alternate universe. Sonically As Above is a sparser, more minimal and more electronic experience than past albums.1 - Scattered Like Leaves
2 - Red Balloon
3 - Unannounced
4 - To This Life
5 - The Heart Has Its Reasons
6 - We Could Wake$14.99 $11.84 Save $3.15 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saddle Creek 50Omaha's Saddle Creek turns 50 with a double disc sampler featuring one previously released track as well as one new and exclusive track each from Azure Ray, Bright Eyes, Cursive, Desaparecidos, The Faint, The Good Life, Mayday, Now It's Overhead, Rilo Kiley, Son Ambulance, and Sorry About Dresden. Disc one is enhanced with all 45 of Saddle Creek's online weekly movies from 2002. Note: the LP only contains the 11 new songs and not the 11 previously released tracks.Side One
01. The Faint - Take Me to the Hospital
02. Rilo Kiley - Jenny, You're Barely Alive
03. Now It's Overhead - Dark Cycle
04. Cursive - Nonsense
05. Son, Ambulance - The Moral of Rosa, Parolee
06. Desaparecidos - Popn' Off at the F
07. Azure Ray - Beautiful Things Can Come From The Dark
08. The Good Life - Aftercrash
09. Sorry About Dresden - People Have Parties
10. Mayday - Pond Love
11. Bright Eyes - One Foot In Front of the Other$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ask The NightOrenda Fink has sculpted a diverse & heralded career since Azure Ray released their last album in 2003. Through solo debut Invisible Ones & bands Art in Manila & O+S, she has remained a consistently creative force & returns with Ask the Night, her second solo album & second project of 2009.Ask the Night is a reflection of the Southern cultural & familial roots that helped shape her aesthetic. Songs defy simple categorization & move between old-time waltz, country, folk and haunting bluegrass; instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion, upright bass & pump organ.
1. Why Is the Night Sad
2. High Ground
4. That Certain-Something Spring
5. The Garden
8. The Mural
10. The Moon Knows$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
O+SThe collaboration between Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila) and Scalpelist (a.k.a. Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero) has yielded a beautifully haunting collection, influenced by David Lynch soundtracks, 10cc, and 4AD records. It's a balance of light and dark; a melodious reverie that thrusts forward with drum loops, shifts from acoustic guitar and angelic coos to plodding piano and tinkling bells, and floats with celestial vocals. The production prowess of Michael Patterson (Beck, Notorious B.I.G., Ladytron) helped stitch the jagged collage into a seamless artistic composition.1.New Life
5.We Do What We Want To
10.Lonely Ghosts$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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O+S (Bend In Cover) (On Sale)The collaboration between Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila) and Scalpelist (a.k.a. Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero) has yielded a beautifully haunting collection, influenced by David Lynch soundtracks, 10cc, and 4AD records. It's a balance of light and dark; a melodious reverie that thrusts forward with drum loops, shifts from acoustic guitar and angelic coos to plodding piano and tinkling bells, and floats with celestial vocals. The production prowess of Michael Patterson (Beck, Notorious B.I.G., Ladytron) helped stitch the jagged collage into a seamless artistic composition.1.New Life
5.We Do What We Want To
10.Lonely Ghosts$14.01 $11.07 Save $2.94 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Maria Taylor has been beguiling listeners since 1997, from her start in Little Red Rocket as a teenager to her time spent as half of the acclaimed duo Azure Ray to her career as a solo artist. Shes released a trio of varied, accomplished, and successful solo albums over six years; 2005s 11:11, 2007s Lynn Teeter Flower, 2009s LadyLuck and in 2010, after a six-year hiatus from Azure Ray, she reunited with Orenda Fink for the bands fourth album, Drawing Down The Moon.
Taylors journey has carried her from hometown Birmingham, AL, to Athens, GA, to Omaha, NE, and to Los Angeles, CA, and on tours all over the world. Guided by an indomitable inner compass, her instincts called her home to Birmingham in early 2010. She packed her things in LA and drove southeasterly, unsure exactly why but heading back to her family and to the South, which has always greatly influenced her music.
It was surprising to Taylor then, that after buying her first house and settling in, she was unable to write any songs for an entire year. Concerned, but busy with touring and promotion around Azure Rays new album, she carried on. Then last December during a month-long break, she finally wrote a song, the ruminative and haunting Happenstance, and the floodgates opened. Taylor hid away in her bedroom for two weeks, writing and demo-ing the nine songs that now make up her lush fourth LP Overlook.
With a distinct, raw sound in mind, Taylor self-produced for the first time and called upon friend and neighbor Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale) to engineer Overlook. She sought to capture the sound of the South, of Alabama and its music scene, enlisting a host of local musicians to flesh out the album and lend their personalities to the songs. These contributions proved invaluable: Browan Lollar (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) handled lead guitar on all tracks, while adding acoustic and lap steel throughout; brother Macey (The Mystic Valley Band, A.A. Bondy) played bass on the entire record, adding banjo, organ, and keys; and Nuby provided his formidable drumming skills on two tracks, while Taylor herself played the remaining drum parts. Sister Kate played and sang on a couple of songs, including Matador, and dad Macey, Sr. played mandolin and sang on Bad Idea?, which was recorded completely live after only a few practices, simply seven of her close friends standing in a circle, making music. The sessions ran loose and easy, with family and friends often stopping in and spending time as she recorded. Taylor even hired LA-based but Birmingham-native Daniel Farris to mix the album, and her friend, local artist Margarette Simmons, designed Overlooks artwork.
In addition to tracking many songs live, Taylor kept a number of her own demo tracks (drum, guitar, keyboard) recorded in her bedroom straight to her computer without a microphone, in the final songs; the result maintains the unguarded honesty captured in the first moments of creation.
Much of Overlook is about the searching and uncertainties that come with growing up and growing older. The songs vary in sound from alluringly bold and immediate, and softer contemplation. Masterplan is the taut, simmering intro to the albums richness, all thundering drums, jangly guitar, and soaring keys, as Taylors evocative vocals haunt like a warning bell. Matador then shifts gears to a sultry, lusciously modern take on 60s pop strut unlike anything shes written before. Relationship gone-sour tale In A Bad Way follows later in the album and shares a similarly seductive, but looser, groove. The old-time shuffle of Bad Idea? could have been heard in a 1920s speakeasy, while the sunny guitars of This Could Take A Lifetime belie the dark and longing ache found within the songs bedrock. All through Overlook, Taylors voice is illuminating, drawing listeners in with its warm and resolute yet vulnerable grace.1. Masterplan
4. Like It Does
5. Bad Idea?
6. Idle Mind
7. In A Bad Way
8. This Could Take a Lifetime
9. Along for the Ride$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now