With her latest release, “I Would Be the Sky,” Milford-based musician, Adrienne Frailey, taps into themes of love and devotion, producing some of her most intimate songs to date.
“‘I Would Be the Sky’ touches on ‘you’d do anything to help the one you love,’” she says. She found inspiration for the folky/rootsy 7-song EP, released Oct. 31, after performing at a string weddings. That sentiment is most obvious on the record’s title track.
On “I Would Be the Sky” Frailey coos words of admiration for a soulmate while gently strumming her guitar. “You light up what’s mine/tied together into the night/I would be your sky,” she sings.
The arrangements on “I Would Be the Sky” are starkly different than her last album. “On ‘Definitely’ you hear drums, stings, some extra guitar work, but these songs needed a lot less,” Frailey says. “This is more like a house concert where I’m sitting right next to you singing my heart out.”
Songs are bare-bones, often just Frailey and her guitar. Occasionally some accompaniment drifts into the mix, but it’s sparse, and the stripped-down style suits the album’s subject matter.
The standout track on the record, in this reviewer’s opinion, is the album opener, “Hole in the River.” Atop delicate, finger-picked acoustic guitar, muffled drums and nearly-whispered vocal harmonies, Frailey sings words of gratitude for someone who stood by through trying times.
The lyrics will make you want to cry and sing along at the same time. The instrumentation is sparse and haunting. “Hole in the River” displays a true artist at the top of her game.
While “Hole in the River” is exceptional, each track on this record is splendid. Frailey even manages to put a fresh spin on two old spirituals, “Sea of Glass” and “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep.” “I Would Be the Sky” is available now through iTunes and CD Baby, and it’s streaming on Frailey’s website.