13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Azure Ray’s first album in seven years sounds as if no time has elapsed. Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor harmonize like common sense. The two have spent the ensuing years recording impressive solo albums but are always so soothing when put together. “Larraine” is a stunner, based on dark dooming strings and a funereal piano with Fink and Taylor pulling together on a melody that keeps finding new territory until it finally fades. “On and On Again” comes across like an early-‘70s singer-songwriter tune with country influences. “Make Your Heart” is another wide-screen love song hitched to a pounding backbeat and backing vocals that twist in the eerie wind. Their vocals outlast the music to “Silver Sorrow.” “Signs In the Leaves” begins as a quiet folk tune and slowly adds harmonies and piano. “Walking In Circles” ends things on a beautifully crafted note. These are gorgeous tunes that play with great strength despite their gentle surfaces.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Azure Ray’s first album in seven years sounds as if no time has elapsed. Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor harmonize like common sense. The two have spent the ensuing years recording impressive solo albums but are always so soothing when put together. “Larraine” is a stunner, based on dark dooming strings and a funereal piano with Fink and Taylor pulling together on a melody that keeps finding new territory until it finally fades. “On and On Again” comes across like an early-‘70s singer-songwriter tune with country influences. “Make Your Heart” is another wide-screen love song hitched to a pounding backbeat and backing vocals that twist in the eerie wind. Their vocals outlast the music to “Silver Sorrow.” “Signs In the Leaves” begins as a quiet folk tune and slowly adds harmonies and piano. “Walking In Circles” ends things on a beautifully crafted note. These are gorgeous tunes that play with great strength despite their gentle surfaces.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

imabstract ,

slow depth for meaningful hearts

What a wonderful sound of bliss and mystery. Woven from nights of stars and moon-gazing. I cannot tell you how I have longed for this release, possibly since i heard their first song. Beautiful artful music awaits your ears.

strictmachiiine ,

lovelovelove

long time azure ray fan and im am very pleased. harp violin amazing guitar and lush vocals. heaveeeen. why do the digital booklets never work for me???!!!! errr

omahablue ,

a beautiful excape

Not going to say I've been a long time fan, more a long time appreciation for the beautiful music these two provide. I sat back, closed my eyes and took a listen to "Love and Permanence" and I was sold.

Thank you ladies for taking me out of a rough day and putting me in a place where I can relax and smile again.

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