In our further attempts to recommend the very best new music - which is very often hidden away in dusty corners until some clever bugger slaps them on the frontpage of their magazine - we've teamed up with Riverman and Mean Fiddler to bring you a wonderful female twosome...
Two girls; Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor. With their fourth album 'Hold on Love' (which featured in our albums of 2003) they truly mesmerized us, contrasting warmth with haunting soundscapes as they crossed from romantic to tear-jerking in the flutter of an eyelash. They're signed to probably the most respected label in the world right now, Omaha's, Saddle Creek, home to the likes of Shortlist Prize nominee Bright Eyes, plus The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Desaparecidos, Cursive and many more. They are Azure Ray and they're coming our way...
Fri 13th Birmingham, The Sanctuary
Sat 14th Exeter, Cavern Club
Mon 16th Manchester, Life Cafe
Tue 17th Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
Wed 18th Nottingham, The Social
Thu 19th London, Lock 17 (Dingwalls)
Supports for these shows are to be confirmed - we're helping choose so if you have a wish-list, please post it as a comment to this article or forever complain about the bands we pick!
The single 'New Resolution' is out on 26th January 2004 via Saddle Creek. For more info and audio, have a look at their website azureraymusic.com.