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Hold On Love

Author: Brian Howe
12/11/2003 | Pitchfork Media | www.pitchforkmedia.com | Album Review
Ah, Azure Ray, the pinnacle of achievement in melting, depressive coffee shop folk. The musical incarnation of rain cascading down grey windows, of sighing from the diaphragm, of wearing bulky knit scarves and caps: the Indie-go Girls. Saddle Creek has announced that Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor will be releasing the second single from their most recent LP,Hold on Love, just in time for Chr-- better make that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On January 20th, Saddle Creek will release the "New Resolution" single. Aside from the titular track (damn it, why do you kids snicker whenever I say 'titular'?), the single will feature a live version of "The Drinks We Drank Last Night," which was the first single fromHold on Love, and a remix of "New Resolution" by Dntel/The Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello. Which, with carriage returns, looks a little like this:

01 New Resolution
02 The Drinks We Drank Last Night [live]
03 New Resolution [Jimmy Tamborello remix]

The CD will also be "enhanced" by the increasingly ubiquitous "multimedia content"-- in this case, video footage from the live recording of "Drinks We Drank," as well as a new music video for "New Resolution," directed by none other than Sam Jones, who also directed the Wilco doc I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

As Azure Ray's U.S. tour with Crooked Fingers winds down, their European tour through specified cities but currently unknown venues is gaining momentum. And yes, the girls look cute in their passport photos. Here are the remainder of the U.S. dates and an outline of their European adventure:
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