Orly Bendavid is a New York City- based songwriter and poet whose music has been described as reflective, dramatic, and rich. The lyrical repertoire hangs on elusively simple words, and cryptic stories centered around addiction, romantic entanglements, and the human experience. A Music Therapist by trade, Orly aims to use melody, dissonance, and lyrics to create harmonious union. Orly and her band the Mona Dahls knit the lyricism of the violin in conversation with the tender and terse cadences of Orly’s own voice. Their music has been described as jazzy, indie, folk-pop.
Orly has opened for folk legends Carolann Solebello, Rachael Kilgour, and Bev Grant.
Orly’s first album Mona recorded with her band “the Mona Dahls” was released on May 20, 2016 . Mona is a collection of character portraits, “Christine,” about a washed-up former model encountered at a bar, “String Bean,” inspired by an unknown anorexic teenage ,pop star; and “Oh God” delving into the depths of addiction, and the cycle of shame it creates.
Mona was produced by Huw Price (David Bowie, Primal Scream, Nick Cave, Ian Dury, Fad Gadget and My Bloody Valentine).
*** Venue list
Rockwood Music Hall
Pete’s Candy Store
Orly Bendavid (and The Mona Dahl’s from her last album) gives indie folk a bit of a spicy cross over into country and chamber pop at times, but here in this live cut from the amazing Sofar Sounds YouTube channel (oh how I would love to visit and play there) shows off Orly’s talent when she’s on her own.
“Nostalgia” is her new single and it has a jazzy reflective feel to it. Just as well really – and we’ll be reviewing her 2016 album in May just to cover the Nostalgic theme too.
read it here:
LIVE PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC VIDEOS:
OH GOD – MUSIC VIDEO
NOSTALGIA – SOFAR SOUNDS 2017
“BILL EVANS” – FULL BAND
JESUS’ HALO CITY WINERY 2017
CIAO BAMBINO HOPEWELL CREATIVE ARTS STUDIO 2016
CHEYENNE FULL BAND 2017
MARYLAND AND LOCUST FULL BAND 2017