September 18, 1975|
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Genres||Indie rock, Dream pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet|
Flower Moon Records
Art In Manilla
Now It's Overhead
Orenda Fink is an American musician and half of the Dream pop duo Azure Ray Born in Birmingham, Alabama. Fink is also a member of O+S, Closeness, and has previously recorded or performed with Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst, Rilo Kiley Now It's Overhead and more. She is married to Todd Fink (formerly Todd Baechle) of The Faint, another Saddle Creek band.
Fink started her musical career at the age of fifteen in the band Little Red Rocket with Maria Taylor which released two CDs on Geffen, Who Did You Pay (1997) and It's in the Sound (2000). The group disbanded during the merging of Geffen with Universal Music Group.
Fink and Taylor later moved to Athens, Georgia where they formed the band Azure Ray. The pair signed to WARM and released their self-titled debut in 2001. Azure Ray released their second album, Burn and Shiver in 2002. Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf) produced both records. After meeting the band in Athens, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst invited the band on tour and introduced them to Saddle Creek. Saddle Creek release their following records, November EP, The Drinks We Drank Last Night, 2003's Hold on Love. Following the release of Hold on Love, Taylor and Fink began a 6-year hiatus.
Fink released her debut full-length solo album Invisible Ones on August 23, 2005. She said she had a spiritual awakening while in Haiti and her solo music is inspired, in part, by Haitian folk music. In 2006, she formed a new band, Art in Manila, originally named Art Bell. The band's debut album was "Set The Woods on Fire" was released on Saddle Creek on August 7, 2007.
Orenda and her long-time friend, Cedric Lemoyne (bassist for Remy Zero) have collaborated to form a project called O+S. The indie rock-based album derives from sounds Orenda recorded in Haiti and other places and loops crafted by Lemonye out of the sounds. The album was released on March 24, 2009 on Saddle Creek Records. Fink released "Ask the Night," on Saddle Creek Records on October 6, 2009, which Pitchfork called more "austere and rustic" with "intricate soundscapes." The single "Higher Ground" features guest vocals by Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.  The song "Why is The Night Sad" was later played by Azure Ray at their reunion show in Los Angeles on November 15, 2008.
Azure Ray reformed for a one-off show at Los Angeles's iconic Troubadour on November 30, 2008. The duo was accompanied by Andy LeMaster of Now It's Overhead and Nick White of Tilly and the Wall. In 2009, Taylor announced on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic that the band would reform on a semi-permanent basis in July 2009 for "5 or 6" shows before working on a new Azure Ray album. Their fourth album, Drawing Down the Moon, was released in September 2010. Azure Ray's six-song EP, As Above So Below, was released on September 5, 2012, on Saddle Creek Records.
Orenda began recording her third solo album in December 2013. Collaborating on the album is her "dream team," Ben Brodin, husband Todd Fink and Bill Rieflin. Blue Dream was released on Saddle Creek Records on August 19, 2014.
In April of 2017, Fink and her husband Todd released their debut EP, Personality Therapy, on February 24 via Graveface Records. That same year, O+S released their second record, "You Were Once the Sun, Now You’re the Moon" on Saddle Creek. In November of 2017, Azure Ray announced they would once again reunite for a one-off show in Los Angeles at the Lodge Room on January 20, 2018.
Little Red Rocket
- Azure Ray (2001, Warm)
- Burn and Shiver (2002, Warm)
- November EP (2002, Saddle Creek)
- Hold on Love (2003, Saddle Creek)
- Drawing Down the Moon (2010, Saddle Creek)
- Bloodline EP (2005, iTunes Exclusive)
- Invisible Ones (2005, Saddle Creek)
- Ask the Night (2009, Saddle Creek)
- Blue Dream (2014, Saddle Creek)
Art in Manila
- Lagniappe: A Saddle Creek Benefit for Hurricane Katrina Relief (2005, Saddle Creek)
- Flower Moon Records Friends and Family Volume 1 (2018, Flower Moon Records)
- Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning to the Story (2002, Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002, Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova - One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels (2004, Crank! Records)
- Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain (2014, Nonesuch Records)
- Bloodline (2005, directed by Nik Fackler)
- Leave it All (2006, directed by Rudolf Buitendach)
- Appeared in the music video for "Lovers Need Lawyers," by The Good Life.
- Appeared in the music video for "Yellow Datsun," by Neva Dinova.
- Performed a cover of The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??"
- Contributed background vocals to The Elected's "Don't Blow It," from their debut album Me First (2004).
- Sang backup on McCarthy Trenching's "Headlines" on their self-titled album (2007, Team Love).
- Tim McMahan (August 15, 2005). ""Orenda Fink: Invisible Ray of Love"". lazy-i. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
- "Saddle Creek | O+S". saddle-creek.com. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
- Pitchfork.com. New Release: Azure Ray: Drawing Down the Moon Retrieved 30 Nov 2012
- Rolling Stone Magazine. EP Premiere: Azure Ray, 'As Above, So Below' Retrieved 30 Nov 2012
- "Orenda Fink: In Dreams - Philthy Mag". Philthy Mag. 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2016-10-20.