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Maria Taylor

Few songwriters these days can claim to have such undeniably hip credentials as Maria Taylor. After getting her start in the teenage pop band Little Red Rocket, which drew comparisons to Belly and Elastica, she and longtime friend Orenda Fink became touring members of Bright Eyes. In addition to adding shining and haunting moments of orchestral grandeur to that act's fragile compositions, the pair contributed to the epic textured pop of its Saddle Creek labelmates, Now It's Overhead. The two generated the most notoriety, however, with their own project, Azure Ray. Dipped in shimmering melancholia, Taylor and Fink's songs offer a warm, hopeful center, warding off ghosts of self-doubt. Taylor takes a similar approach with her most recent batch of songs from Lynn Teeter Flower, her second solo effort. Awash with whisperingly confessional imagery, Teeter is every bit as intoxicating as Azure Ray's past work.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.