Dream pop duo Azure Ray emerged out of the Omaha, Neb. indie rock scene in the early ‘00s, alongside Saddle Creek Records standbys like Bright Eyes, Cursive, and the Faint. Azure Ray put out two well-received albums and a handful of singles and EPs on the iconic imprint, though the group’s activity became less and less regular this decade.
As 2018 draws to a close, however, members Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have reignited Azure Ray. On Oct. 26, they’ll release an elegant, five-song EP titled Waves, featuring their first new recordings in six years. Waves glides through the narrative trajectory of a whole album over its tidy 15 minutes: a couple new songs, a cover of an alt-rock classic (R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming”), a reworking of an old standby, a wispy coda reprising the opening track (titled “Palindrome,” quite appropriately).