Orenda Fink will release her new album, Blue Dream on August 19 via Saddle Creek. This week she premiered the video for “Ace Of Cups”. The video was created by created by Nik Fackler (Icky Blossoms, Sick Birds Die Easy) and Aaron Gum. The “Ace Of Cups” single is available now at iTunes and includes a demo version of “Ace Of Cups” along with a cover of John Lennon’s “Look At Me.” Blue Dream can be pre-ordered now on CD and LP in the Saddle Creek online store. Fans that order the deluxe LP (Blue and Coke Bottle vinyl) will also receive a bonus Blue Dream Dream Journal handmade and inscribed by Orenda Fink. The blank journals, limited to 100, are hand screen printed originals made from vintage re-purposed books. Orenda Fink just announced a fall tour that will make stops in major West Coast cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more. All upcoming shows are listed below.
Throughout her time with Azure Ray and over the course of her solo career, Orenda Fink has never shied from exploring the darker edges of spirituality and the human condition. On her debut solo album Invisible Ones, Orenda explored traditional Haitian ritual and mysticism. She then followed that up with an examination of the Southern Gothic subconscious on Ask the Night. Needless to say, death has been visible in much of her music. On her latest album, Blue Dream, she looks deeply at the subject, reflecting upon a year-long meditation on death that started with a dog named Wilson and the words of Laurie Anderson.
my dog died.” – Laurie Anderson
Orenda was sent this quote by her friend Nina Barnes after Wilson, Orenda’s dog of 16 years, died. That year she found herself on a deeply personal search for the meaning of death. Pieces of answers, coded in riddle, came to her in dreams. Her dreams began to tell a story – about life and death and the afterlife, reality, and the fine line between the conscious and subconscious world.
She then spent the next year understanding the experience and filtering it through the musical inspirations of Smog, Violetta Parra, and Kate Bush to craft Blue Dream. The album truly came together at ARC in Omaha, NE with the help of producers Ben Brodin and Todd Fink (The Faint), along with drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, R.E.M., King Crimson).
Writing the album allowed Orenda to contemplate the experiences that precipitated it and explore new perspectives gained over the past year. This process left her with the belief that we can only be truly healed if we find our “interior God.” How do you find your interior God? There are many ways, but she believes one of them is through dreams. Dreams being the closest way to have a direct experience with the all-knowing past, present, and future.
1. Ace of Cups (stream)
2. You Can Be Loved (stream)
3. This Is a Part of Something Greater
4. You Are a Mystery
5. Holy Holy (stream)
6. Blue Dream
6. Sweet Disorder
7. Poor Little Bear
9. All Hearts Will Beat Again
Orenda Fink Tour Dates
09.18 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
09.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
09.21 – Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper
09.22 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
09.23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
09.25 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
09.26 – San Jose, CA @ Cafe Stritch
09.27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
09.29 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
09.30 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher