Azure Ray



by Sunnyvale CONTRIBUTOR (45 Reviews)
June 27th, 2021 | 5 replies

Release Date: 06/18/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another strong release from an overlooked group

Azure Ray was formed in 2001 in the southern US college town of Athens, Georgia by a duo of women, and the lineup has remained the same ever since. In the following years, they’ve produced a solid discography within the amorphous genre territory in between folk, dream pop, and slowcore. While this isn’t untrodden ground, it’s always been clear that Azure Ray were one of the finest purveyors of the style. The duo’s three LPs released in the early 2000s were all excellent, and after a break their fourth LP, 2010’s Drawing Down The Moon , stood up as well. The group put out a few EPs between 2010 and 2021, but there was a long gap until the recent release of Remedy . With a sound track record for consistent greatness, would their fifth full-length keep the streak going? No suspense, the answer is yes.

Azure Ray’s traditional approach has been subtle and atmospheric, leaving one listener’s feeling of beauty and wonderful melancholy being another’s takeaway of boredom and lack of memorability. Each of their albums have pursued (more or less) the same vibe of sad, wistful tunefulness, bolstered by the same genre influences, never leaning too far in one direction or another. Remedy doesn’t see the duo rocking the boat too hard (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but certainly leans furthest towards dream pop of any of their LPs yet. While folk and slowcore influences are abundant and the album is consumed by dreary, almost-Gothic stylings, it isn’t at all wrong to call Remedy a dream pop album, despite residing on the lonesome edge of its style.

While Remedy is a consistent album in terms of atmosphere, it’s a bit uneven with regards to song quality. There are no bad tunes, but some are more forgettable than others. A few stand out among the rest, with “Bad Dream” being perhaps the catchiest song here and the title track also being a masterful listen. Late in the tracklist, “29 Palms” is the clear-cut best piece here and a career highlight for Azure Ray, just a lovely song.

Despite being a great record, Remedy is unlikely to stand the test of time as Azure Ray’s pinnacle. That accomplishment will probably go to the understated near-classic Burn And Shiver or perhaps the group’s self-titled debut. Nonetheless, Remedy is a strong release in its own right, and a feather in the cap of a group with a rock-solid discography who’ve never quite received the attention they deserve.

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Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2021


Album Rating: 3.5

Great album from a great band. If this type of thing is up your alley, definitely check this one (especially if you're into dream pop) or Burn And Shiver, is you want to see the group at its best

June 27th 2021


every mornin deres a halo hangin on the corner of my gfs four pooost beeedd

Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2021


I love their self titled but the singles for this left me cold, still wanna check it out of curiosity.

Digging: Anette Olzon - Strong

Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2021


Decent release, pleasant as water to dip in, but rolls back off just as quickly

Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2021


Album Rating: 3.5

@Dewinged, definitely not their best work but still pretty solid.

@porcupinetheater, this has had some solid replay value to me, but don't disagree that not all of it is memorable.

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