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free music friday: orenda fink
August 28, 2009, 10:52 pm
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fmf_orendafinkOrenda Fink
‘High Ground’

Marvel at the productivity of Azure Ray’s Orenda Fink. 2009 has already seen the Alabama-born artist team up with ex-Remy Zero man Cedric Moyne (aka Scalpelist) for their solid self-titled debut O+S [review] back in April and now she’s set to release a new solo album, Ask The Night, on October 6th through Saddle Creek Records. It will be her first solo outing since 2005’s Azure Ray hiatus-rebound Invisible Ones, and claims to showcase an artist who is now much more sure of her identity as a music-making individual. The stripped back album features contributions from Adrianne Verhoeven of Orenda’s now-dormant side project Art In Manila, plus Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock and Dan McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska band McCarthy Trenching. Preview track ‘High Ground’ shoots for a bluegrass high with the sweet sound of a mandolin chiming in just as Brock’s deep, hazy backing vocal joins Orenda’s familiarly husky croon at the first chorus, wearily singing of a threat that’s sent her running for the hills, and from thereon in the song really blossoms. Both her desperation and the energy with which it is expressed picks up towards the end, but Orenda never really wavers from her calm. More accessible than most of Invisible Ones, it makes for an intriguing tease for what the album has to offer. MP3 after the jump.



Ask The Night
01 Why Is The Night Sad
02 High Ground
03 Sister
04 That Certain-Something Spring
05 The Garden
06 Wind
07 Alabama
08 The Mural
09 Half-Light
10 The Moon Knows


FREE MP3: Orenda Fink, ‘High Ground’ [via PopMatters]

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