NPR logo Song Premiere: Azure Ray, 'Red Balloon'

Song Premiere: Azure Ray, 'Red Balloon'

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Azure Ray documents the collision between two distinct musical sensibilities: the sweetly airy, bittersweet pop of Maria Taylor and the buzzier, busier, frequently electronic sounds of Orenda Fink. The two have worked separately quite a bit in recent years — Taylor as a solo artist and Fink both solo and as half of O+S — but in Azure Ray, they still meet in the creamy, dreamy midpoint between their individual sounds.

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Azure Ray's new EP, As Above So Below, comes out Sept. 4.

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Listen: Azure Ray, 'Red Balloon'

Red Balloon

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  • from As Above So Below
  • by Azure Ray

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Song
As Above So Below
Album
As Above So Below
Artist
Azure Ray
Label
Saddle Creek Records
Released
2012

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The Omaha duo is capable of weaponizing its melancholy to devastating effect, but Azure Ray's forthcoming six-song As Above So Below EP (out Sept. 4) finds the pair mining considerably gentler territory. Working on a bed of clicks and ahhhhhhs, Taylor unleashes what amounts to a long, slow summer swoon: "You know you bring joy to everything," she sings, awash in unguarded optimism. The devastating melancholy will come later.

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