Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Please Release Me: 7 Years In The Making For Azure Ray

As release season heaves into action once more following the summer lull, today has some particularly tasty morsels upon which to feast. Buried within the likes of Grinderman 2 and Black Mountain's new bongathon outing are the subtle charms of Azure Ray's 7 year in the making Drawing Down The Moon.

Photo credit: Gary Isaacs

Not a great deal before those years began counting down, I happened upon the band - the vehicle of dual female vocalists Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor - on Saddle Creek's 50th release celebration compilation. November caught my ear, a mental note was made to keep an eye out for the band's releases, then....nothing. Until now, that is.

MP3: Azure Ray - November (via Insound
Taken from the aforementioned Saddle Creek 50 release

Buy it at Insound!  

The lead track from Drawing Down The Moon, fittingly entitled Don't Leave My Mind, is a warm entreaty to hold onto those closest to us, come what may. It has all the understated, effortless beauty of the tracks I remember, with simple percussion and feather-light vocal harmonies drifting around one another to mesmerising effect. 

What the other releases this week may hold in hipster caché or big marketing bucks (I never want to hear about Weezer's Hurley again, thanks all the same), Azure Ray's new album should more than match in natural charm. Let them prove it to you at one of the many upcoming live dates across North America this autumn. 

Azure Ray Tour Dates 2010:

Sun-Oct-10 Orlando, FL The Social
Mon-Oct-11 Tallahasse, FL Engine Room
Tue-Oct-12 Mobile, AL Alabama Music Box
Thu-Oct-14 Shreveport, LA The Collective
Fri-Oct-15 Houston, TX Walters
Sat-Oct-16 Dallas, TX The Loft
Sun-Oct-17 Austin, TX Mohawk
Wed-Oct-20 Tempe, AZ Rhythm Room
Thu-Oct-21 San Diego, CA The Loft
Fri-Oct-22 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Sat-Oct-23 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
Sun-Oct-24 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Tue-Oct-26 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Wed-Oct-27 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Fri-Oct-29 Boise, ID Neurolux
Sat-Oct-30 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Mon-Nov-01 Denver, CO High Dive
Wed-Nov-03 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Thu-Nov-04 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Fri-Nov-05 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Sat-Nov-06 Chicago, IL Schubas
Mon-Nov-08 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Tue-Nov-09 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Wed-Nov-10 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Fri-Nov-12 Boston, MA Harpers Ferry
Sat-Nov-13 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Sun-Nov-14 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
Tue-Nov-16 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
Wed-Nov-17 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
Thu-Nov-18 Carrboro, NC Arts Center
Fri-Nov-19 Athens, GA 40 Watt
Sat-Nov-20 Birmingham, AL Bottletree

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