Author: Laura Sinagra
08/23/2005 | Blender.com | www.blender.com | Album Review
Mystically inclined indie rocker Orenda Fink takes a break from her diaphanous duo Azure Ray to make a solo record of atmospheric alt rock, conjuring some of the ritual fervor and spiritual meditation gleaned from her recent travels to Haiti, Cambodia and India with husband and Faint frontman Todd Fink. From the surge of "Leave It All" and propulsive throb of "Bloodline" to the pizzicato pluck of "Blind Asylum," Fink's pretty, dusky voice moves like time-lapse clouds over earthy beats that build to cymbal-crash storms. Some songs hint at global politics, but most concern the supernatural. If the choir on "Les Invisibles" feels touristy, "Easter Island"'s ghostly piano trip to the empty core of a domestic argument discovers some age-old demons in mundane personal pain.