Saddle Creek | Orenda Fink | Reviews


Ask The Night

Author: A. Watt
10/12/2009 | | | Feature
You don't hear many indie-folk singers whose voices demand to be characterized as pretty.

Orenda Fink of Azure Ray/Art in Manila fame is a welcome exception. And she's clearly made the most of that distinction here, setting the tone with the heartbreaking lullaby, "Why Is the Night Sad." It's a haunting performance, easing you in with just a gently finger-picked acoustic and a vocal so intimate, it feels like she's actually staring out the window of whatever room you happen to be listening in, confiding in you.

Fink is joined by Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse on the second track, "High Ground," a mandolin-fueled bluegrass gem about how people searching out the high ground in a flood are "just like me when you come around." She's clearly never lived through Hurricane Katrina. Or I've never dated her boyfriend. But she sings it like she means it on a track that feels a little like Led Zeppelin's take on bluegrass. Other highlights of the singer's second solo album range from the delicate grace of "The Garden" to the bluegrass-flavored "Wind," a bittersweet rambler's lament. It's just a shame she isn't friends with Robert Plant....

Standout Tracks: "Why is the Night Sad," "High Ground"
Ask The Night

Ask The Night

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