Author: Ben Dickey
Athens, Georgia's Azure Ray released one of the best full lengths of 2000 with their gorgeous Eric Bachmann produced self-titled debut. They followed up that release by being half of Saddle Creek producer Andy Lemaster's Now It's Overhead project, which released an equally stunning debut this year on the Omaha, Nebraska wonder-label. With "November", the duo of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor continue their whispery, Mazzy Star-ish vocal style, but this time augments their backing sound to include less of the drum loops and touches of electronic trickery their debut touched on, and instead implements acoustic guitars, pianos, and spare synthesizers in it's place. The result is an intimate, entirely organic, experience that is both inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. When these ladies muster up the energy to say something, you want to listen. And you want to believe them. All in all, this is a wonderful introduction to the unsung talent that is Azure Ray, and is simultaneously a perfect primer for those unfamiliar with Fink and Taylor, as well as a must have for already devoted fans.