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

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