Much beloved by Moby and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, the Athens, Ga.-bred female duo of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor makes its full-length bow for Omaha's premier alternative label.

Much beloved by Moby and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, the Athens, Ga.-bred female duo of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor makes its full-length bow for Omaha's premier alternative label. The low-key, engaging effort offers melodic, downbeat songs, performed in a whisper and flecked at times with gossamer touches of additional instrumentation and subdued beats. The after-midnight atmosphere is at its most potent on "Look to Me," "The Drink We Drank Last Night," "These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue" and the title number. But Fink and Taylor manage to sustain the hushed, deeply melancholy vibe for the duration of the album. Like most mood pieces, "Hold On Love" is somewhat airplay-resistant, but the set's attractive and affecting feel should translate into solid word-of-mouth for those seeking a rewarding late-night listening experience.—CM

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