EP Premiere: Azure Ray, 'As Above So Below'

Dreamy indie-poppers wander through brooding soundscapes

August 28, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Azure Ray, 'As Above So Below'
Azure Ray, 'As Above So Below'
Courtesy of Saddle Creek

Click to listen to Azure Ray's album 'As Above So Below'

On their new EP As Above So Below, indie-poppers Azure Ray wander through brooding soundscapes with harmonic motion, adding wispy, delicate vocal melodies to cloudy beats. Opener "Scattered Like Leaves" combines the impending doom of the repeated low-end rumble with wondrous lyrics like, "There's love everywhere," while "To This Life" marches to a deliberate tempo that drags along protracted whispers before evolving into a soothing, enchanting ride.

As Above So Below is out September 4th on Saddle Creek.

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