When one person or two makes a change, that inspires other people.So I don't know." Her coyness increased exponentially when the topic switched to the theme of her latest album, . " Taylor asked, clearly smiling on the other side of the country.
Maria Taylor, one half of the Southern-gothic pop duo Azure Ray, thought she had scored a deal by landing a cheap room for her band in a Houston Doubletree hotel, and they limited their post-show partying to pizza and watching , the room proved to be less of a steal than she thought.“Oh my god, I think I just sat in dried throw-up,” she laughed, audibly squirming over the phone. “I get so sick from these hotel rooms, they’re so dirty.” Her first record without Azure Ray bandmate Orenda Fink, however, is full of squeaky-clean folk and electronica-tinged pop songs about being in love on the road and falling out of it in right in front of the person you’re in bed with.We talked with her about the future of Azure Ray, the romantic side of Haitian priests and the best way to swindle Saddle Creek into putting out your record (hint- buy them booze! Under The Radar: You’re a guest voice on nearly every Saddle Creek album that’s come out recently.Was this album a chance to assert your own identity within that community?For the album, recording sessions were split between Andy Le Master's Athens studio and Mike Mogis's ARC studios in Omaha, with a couple songs recorded in Los Angeles.
Taylor has performed with Le Master in his band, Now It's Overhead, and with Mogis in Bright Eyes.
"Now it feels extra magical and I wear it all the time." What was Oberst doing in Tepoztlan? Given that Cassadaga was named for a spiritualist community in Florida that Oberst had visited, it was only natural that he would be drawn to a small Mexican town famous for Aztec magic and its high incidence of UFO sightings; a town that is also the reputed birthplace of the feathered-serpent-god Quetzalcoatl. " says the singer of the locale that spawned his 14th album, Conor Oberst.
"There were pigs and wild dogs in the street; lots of people on horseback.
The first time I interviewed Maria Taylor in March 2002 she and her Azure Ray partner Orenda Fink were about to move to Omaha to become part of the city's then-burgeoning music scene. That's a difficult question to answer," Taylor said moments after she and the rest of her band, along with tour mates The Whispertown 2000, took in Niagra Falls on their way to Cleveland for the evening's show.
Seven years later and Taylor is long gone, having moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. Over the past couple of years, Omaha has seen a handful of its biggest indie music stars leave for better climes, including Cursive's Tim Kasher, and more recently, The Faint's Todd Fink and his wife, Orenda. Taylor said that there are still some "core people" living in Omaha, but "you can only stay in one place for so long.
"This here," says Conor Oberst, twisting off a turquoise-encrusted piece of jewellery, "is my Four Winds ring. If you read the inscription on the band it says in Hebrew: 'Father of the four winds fill my sails across the sea of years.'"Oberst, 28, is chatting outside the East London offices of Wichita Recordings, the label that puts out his work this side of the pond.