06/24/2005 | Earfood.net | www.earfood.net | Album Review
Many of you may no the story of how things got to be now for Maria Taylor, so ignore the first part of this. Birmingham born, and got the hell outta their to Athens, GA where she went on to form Azure Ray and join Now Its Overhead (Andy LeMaster's band). From Athens Azure Ray went on to release 2 records for WARM Records, both produced by Eric Bachmann of Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers fame. Azure Ray then up and moved to Omaha signed to Saddle Creek, which also plays host to Maria's beautiful solo debut "11:11". Every time I see 11:11 I can't help but think of that thing high school and college girls do, you know the kiss their hand and put it up to the clock when its 11:11, 10:10, etc. Who knows if this has anything to do with the name? Who knows if anything we write here at Earfood makes any sense at all? The important thing to remember is that we don't care if we make sense to you, only that we make sense to ourselves. Anyway, "11:11" is certainly a record that would make any resident of Birmingham, Athens, or Omaha proud. Even in the midst of the Bright Eyes records getting huge, the guys at Saddle Creek should still be tickled pink to have this record on their label. This record delights in its innocence, and presents the perfect idea of what Southern folk pop should be. If you want we can pull out the thesaurus and give you loads of the usual ethereal pop smoothed over with the eagerness of the morning after blah, blah, blah. Instead how bought we just say that Maria's years with Azure Ray, Now Its Overhead, and Bright Eyes have led her to the perfect moment to release her first solo effort. Free mp3s at the Saddle Creek website, and you can catch a few of her tunes on upcoming Steady Diet of Earfood podcasts (we are a work in progress, like a strip mall or a new suburb). Maria is on tour all summer with the Statistics (another band we will get to soon), and Taylor Hollingsworth. I also saw that Morning Becomes Eclectic has a full stream of her performance up at their website.
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