Frazey Ford, best known as the lead voice of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean -- a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound.
On the follow up to her 2010 acclaimed solo debut Obadiah, Ford unleashes an unbridled full-throated ebullience that takes listeners down to where the soul rivers run deep. The Hi Rhythm Section, Charles Hodges (organ), Leroy Hodges (bass) and Teenie Hodges (guitar), the latter who recently passed away, helped Al Green pen some of his most famous songs. Ford is the beneficiary of their almighty talents, the trio accentuating her sensual and opulent vocals with deep-bottomed bass, subtle backbeats, and airy flights of organ. They're joined by the golden horn arrangements and the undulating tides of Debra Jean Creelman and Caroline Ballhorn's backing vocals that kick off the restless but hopeful album opener, "September Fields." John Raham, Frazey’s creative partner and co-producer, brings his considerable talents helping to create the album’s delicate musical balance. Indian Ocean was recorded, mixed and mastered between Memphis’s historic Royal Studios and Vancouver’s Afterlife Studios