Newest Review: ... highly atmospheric music but not particularly interesting to listen to all at once, being far more suited to select pickings; fortunately, ... more
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November - Azure Ray
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November - Azure Ray
Advantages: Pleasant background music.
Disadvantages: Nothing much to it.
The 'November' E.P. was one of the final releases from Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink as Azure Ray before they moved on to solo careers, and it's six tracks of dreamy, soft music that mainly falters through being so quiet and subtle that it's easy to forget you're listening to anything at all. Based only on soft singing, occasional strumming acoustic guitar and soft, synthesised backdrop, this is highly atmospheric music but not particularly interesting to listen to all at once, being far more suited to select pickings; fortunately, at six songs it doesn't quite go into overkill.
The sound is relatively samey throughout, which is a bit of a disappointment, with only minor differences such as a stronger or weaker sense of the acoustic guitar being enough to distinguish most songs. The only ones that deviate from the standard mould are the more ethereal 'For the Sake of the Song,' which succeeds more than the others at evoking an atmosphere but still fails for being a tad too long, and the significantly slower, piano-led 'I Will Do These Things,' which unfortunately end up fairly non-ish. The opening and closing songs have a little more life than those in the centre, with a more upbeat vocal performance and deeper background sound, but they also end up being my least preferred due to the poppier style, over-reliance on repeating choruses and some quite poor lyrics of the sort that aren't found elsewhere here, the first even resorting to a final verse of "doo-doo-doo."
This is a pleasant enough E.P., but a bit lacking in any substantial content, and it occupies an uncomfortable middle ground between female singer-songwriter pop music and ambience, without really satisfying either market.
2. For the Sake of the Song
3. No Signs of Pain
4. Just a Faint Line
5. I Will Do These Things
6. Other Than This World
Summary: Azure Ray's second E.P. (2002).