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Invisible Ones

Author: Brian Fogarty
11/02/2005 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Album Review
Not to be outdone by her Azure Ray partner in crime Maria Taylor, Orenda Fink offers up her own debut solo record a couple months on the heels of Taylor. As with Taylor, Fink has enlisted the Saddle Creek ensemble to make her songs a realization. This includes producer and Now It‚s Overhead frontman Andy LeMaster, her husband Todd Fink (formerly Baechle ˆ you know the guy ripping your pants off from the Faint) and Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). For Fink, though, Invisible Ones takes on spiritual aspect ˆ not per say religious ˆ that as she mentions comes from travels to places such as India, Cambodia and Haiti. Besides from altering her song topics, these travels also helped to shape the more eclectic sound of Invisible Ones vis-à-vis Azure Ray. This is most obviously demonstrated on „Les Invisibles,‰ which sweeps into majesty after a couple of minutes thanks to the vocal additions of Haitians Rozna Zila and Sandy M. Saint-Cyr of Troupe Macandal. I don‚t know if a song like „Les Invisibles‰ can now be touted as Œworld music‚ but we may as well. Zila and Saint-Cyr are also featured on the similar-minded closer „Animal‰ and the more straight forward „No Evolution.‰ Besides from these, one should take note of the haunting „Invisible Ones Guard the Gate‰ which goes to another level on the chorus, the rocker „Bloodline,‰ the Sinead O‚Connor-esque „Miracle Worker‰ and other rocker „Dirty South‰ which gets a vocal boost from Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers. A tip for Œlistening‚ to Invisible Ones is either to turn it up way loud or listen by headphones so to hear all of Fink‚s whispering vocals. While Azure Ray takes their hiatus, pick up Orenda Fink‚s debut and possible play it at the same time as Maria Taylor‚s 11:11 and you have your new AR record. Grade: A-
Invisible Ones

Invisible Ones

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