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).

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