When: 7.30pm on Saturday 12 May
Where: The Phoenix, 1 Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RN
The first time Maria Taylorâ€™s graceful voice was heard through our speakers, was on Azure Rayâ€™s 2001 debut, she sang with a knowledge and a weariness that made us trust and believe her words, fragile tones fragmented through soft acoustic strumming and velvety textures.
Skip forward four short years later to when Maria set off on her own for a while, resulting in the stunning solo album called 11:11. A critical smash that wrapped her now-familiar voice in everything from acoustic folk to electronic dream pop, the album established Maria as a master storyteller with a flare for perfect, harmony-soaked melodies.
To follow up a stunning debut, Maria has put together another glimmering collection of songs in the shape of her second solo record, Lynn Teeter Flower. The record sees contributions from Mariaâ€™s brother and sister â€“ bassist Macey Taylor and keyboardist Kate Taylor, both of whom played in her live band, as well as Bright Eyesâ€™ Conor Oberst, who co-wrote and sings on â€œThe Ballad of Sean Foley.â€This is a co-promotion withPineapple Folk.