Ask The Night
As the year comes to a close and news channels and print publications everywhere begin to compile the good, bad, and ugly events, styles, and figureheads of 2009, FILTER has decided to stick with the good and forget the rest. Each day this month, we're presenting the best albums of the year—according to the guest artist of the day.
Orenda Fink, the other half of the dream-like pop duo Azure Ray, returned in 2009 in several different forms. Inspired several years ago by a self-defined spiritual awakening on a trip to Haiti, Fink channeled the sights and sounds of the country into her collaborative project O+S with Remy Zero bassist Cedric Lemoyne. The duo's album was released earlier this year on Saddle Creek, with Fink's second solo record, Ask the Night, following in October. And to quell Azure Ray fans everywhere, Fink re-teamed with Maria Taylor for a West Coast reunion tour during the summer months. While currently working on new material for Azure Ray (to be released sometime in 2010), Fink takes a quick break to let us in on her 2009 favorites.
1. Dr. John, Gris-Gris (ATCO Records)
2. Sharon Van Etten, Because I Was in Love (Language of Stone)
3. Nina Simone, The Definitive Rarities Collection (Artwork Media)
4. John Lennon, Lennon Legend (EMI Records)
5. Lucinda Williams, Little Honey (UMG Recordings, Inc)
6. The Mynabirds, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (unreleased)
7. Rain Machine, S/T (Anti, Inc)
8. Joni Mitchell, Blue (Warner Bros)
9. Of Montreal, The Past Is a Grotesque Animal (Polyvinyl Record Co)
10. Whispertown 2000, Swim (Acony Records)
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