Monday, February 14, 2011

Pajammy Jam of the Day | Azure Ray feat. Sparklehorse - Silverlake


"Silverlake" is actually the very first song recorded by the women (Orenda Fink, Maria Taylor) of Azure Ray after spending six years apart, musically speaking. On the track, Fink and Taylor sing, "Laughing all night long/ For the sake of the song/ Like we used to..." And wow, along with those "reunited and it feels so good" lyrics, the sheer happiness "Silverlake" brings me is further proof that a six year suspension was far too long indeed.

The song was recorded with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, not too long before his passing. Fink and Taylor say this of Linkous: "We were very fortunate to record this song with Mark. It was the first time we worked together and the first song Azure Ray wrote after our six year hiatus, so everything about the song is dear to us."

Despite the song's beginning buoyancy, the repeated line, "Like we used to..." becomes quite chilling, as it morphs into an eerie drone, sounding almost robot-like. Given Linkous' involvement, it digs deeper, it bleeds more.

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