Frally Hynes described the making her exquisite 2010 album The Light as "sort of like therapy" as she emerged from the emotionally traumatic crash and burn of her nine year marriage to Ben Folds. A mix of both confessional reflection and spiritual observation -- all rendered with one of the most achingly lovely voices -- The Light prevailed as one of our favorite albums of the year, one that we described as an "inspired masterwork of sensitive, sensual songcraft." New self-released album Apis (Latin for "bee"), due late summer, is another rare gem. Working again with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright), Frally again taps into themes of redemption, relationships and renewal, Hill and a superb band adding subtle backing -- and an occasional buzz of electricity -- to songs that drift from chamber pop grace ("Peace") to frayed alternative pop ("No Matter What"), from melancholic mood pieces ("Devil") to tender folk ballads ("Take Your Time"). Tracked live in the studio, the exclusive DC online premiere "California" is a glorious country-tinged campfire classic, Teddy Thompson adding vocals and sweet harmony to a slow dance of pedal steel and acoustic jangle.
Frally - "California" (from Apis)
Frally - "Not Supposed to Miss You" (from The Light)
Photo Credit: Heidi Ross
Frally w/ Jeff Hill and Bill Dobrow