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Azure Ray

Although they became important figures in the Saddle Creek community of Omaha, NE, Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor made their initial mark in Athens, GA, where they formed Azure Ray in 2001. The two musicians -- both Alabama natives as well as childhood friends -- relocated to Athens after school and combined elements of folk, pop, and light electronica into their 2001 debut album. The next winter, Azure Ray issued the November EP on the Saddle Creek label, sparking a fruitful association with the label and its roster. The sophomore effort Burn and Shiver followed in 2002 and exuded a more serene soundscape, as well as slick production work from Crooked Fingers frontman Eric Bachmann. Fink and Taylor also began lending their help to other albums, from Moby's 18 to Bright Eyes' Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. Meanwhile, they also served as members of Now It's Overhead, another Saddle Creek band. A year later, Azure Ray continued their prolific pace by issuing Hold on Love. The album proved to be the duo's last release for seven years, though, and both musicians pursued solo careers in the interim. Maria Taylor put out three full-length albums and one collaborative EP (the latter recorded with her Saddle Creek friend Andy LeMaster), while Orenda Fink released a pair of solo albums, one digital EP, one album with her side project Art in Manila, and another with the short-lived pop duo O+S. Taylor and Fink returned their focus to Azure Ray in 2009, launching a brief tour that year before returning in 2010 with their fourth album, Drawing Down the Moon. In September of 2012, the band's fifth, more electronic-leaning offering As Above So Below arrived. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Azure Ray

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    14 songs

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    6 songs

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

Albums by
Azure Ray

Top Songs by
Azure Ray

  1.   Song
  2.   Don't Leave My Mind
  3.   Sleep
  4.   Hold on Love
  5.   Dancing Ghosts
  6.   Love and Permanence
  7.   New Resolution
  8.   Displaced
  9.   November
  10.   Safe and Sound
  11.   Red Balloon
  12.   On and On Again
  13.   Larraine
  14.   Make Your Heart
  15.   Walking In Circles
  16.   Signs In the Leaves
  17.   Scattered Like Leaves
  18.   Fever
  19.   In the Fog
  20.   The Heart Has Its Reasons
  21.   The New Year
  22.   Nightfall
  23.   Across the Ocean
  24.   A Thousand Years
  25.   Seven Days
  26.   I Will Do These Things
  27.   For No One
  28.   To This Life
  29.   The Love of Two
  30.   Nothing Like a Song
  31.   The Drinks We Drank Last Night
  32.   Look to Me
  33.   We Are Mice
  34.   We Exchanged Words
  35.   Rise
  36.   Other Than This World
  37.   4th of July
  38.   Unannounced
  39.   No Signs of Pain
  40.   Trees Keep Growing
  41.   Home
  42.   Favorite Cities
  43.   Silver Sorrow
  44.   Don't Make a Sound
  45.   Wake Up, Sleepyhead
  46.   These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue
  47.   If You Fall
  48.   The Devil's Feet
  49.   Rest Your Eyes
  50.   Just a Faint Line
  51.   How Will You Survive
  52.   Another Week
  53.   Raining in Athens
  54.   Beautiful Things Can Come from the Dark
  55.   Sea of Doubts
  56.   While I'm Still Young
  57.   How You Remember
  58.   For the Sake of the Song
  59.   Dragonfly
  60.   Your Weak Hands
  61.   Shouldn't Have Loved
  62.   [Untitled]
  63.   We Could Wake

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