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11:11

Author: Tizzy Asher
06/24/2005 | Seattle Post Intelligencer | www.seattlepi.com | Live Show Preview
Even morose rain-worshippers need a good album to kick-start the summer. Bonus points if the record works as well for that cheerful picnic on the beach as it does for falling asleep in the long rays of the afternoon sun.
Maria Taylor's solo record, "11:11" (Saddle Creek), may be just the answer. Best known as a half of the Athens, Ga.-based duo Azure Ray, Taylor spins cliche into summer gold with this dreamy collection of songs. (Her bandmate, Orenda Fink, will also release a solo record later this summer.)
Unlike the mostly acoustic Azure Ray, Taylor's solo work incorporates electronic elements, including the flimsy Casio beats of labelmates the Faint and Broken Spindles. Mike Mogis, the noted producer behind Bright Eyes and the Faint, even wrote the music on one track, "One for the Shareholder." Unfortunately, it's one of the album's least compelling.
Taylor excels on the soft acoustic tracks, where her melodies can flit back and forth with all the purpose of a butterfly. Her downy, sweet vocals nestle into the soft rays of a string quartet and acoustic guitar. "Speak Easy," a 1920s jazz throwback, would sound best with a mint julep in hand.
On record, Taylor's younger brother Macey is the primary accompanist, but there's no word as to who will come along for the ride when she plays Neumo's on Tuesday (8 p.m.; $10 at TicketsWest). The like-minded Omaha band Statistics headlines, along with locals the Pale Pacific and Panda and Angel.
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