Mandolin Orange

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Mandolin Orange are a constant in my rotation. The music of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz always feels like the right choice to put on. Tides of a Teardrop will be out on 2/1/19 via the fine folks at Yep Roc Records. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Tides Of A Teardrop finds Mandolin Orange exploring the intimate grief at the frayed edges of their songwriting and confronting loss head-on, facing down the depths of despair and emerging with something renewed and redemptive. It’s a progressive, personal statement from one of roots music’s most thoughtful young groups, on the cusp of yet another prodigious breakthrough.

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Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller (album review)

by Woody on November 17, 2016

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Andrew Marlin & Emily Frantz, aka Mandolin Orange, continue to fill the void that was left after The Everybodyfields broke up. Like The Everybodyfields, Mandolin Orange ply their trade in Americana music. And much like Jill & Sam, Andrew & Emily’s voices play off each other so well. It is a true joy listening to them.

And just as Such Jubilee showed some real growth as artists, Blindfaller sees the band continue to move forward. Buoyed by the success of the album and countless time on the road, everything on this album sounds just a little more confident and comfortable.

They have a timely track here titled Gospel Shoes that examines how politicians perverts religion as a weapon to get what they want. I get chills every time Frantz joins in with Marlin for the chorus. So the armies march on / for the mother and the son” is how it begins with some furious mandolin mixed in. Brilliant tune.

Wildfire is a heavy tune about how the Civil War still affects our lives today. As I was typing the song title for this review, it struck me that sitting by a fire is the perfect setting to listen to Mandolin Orange; sitting outside as the wood cracks under the heat all the while; the beauty of their music permeates the air.

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This Side of Jordan was the album that really flipped this switch for me with regards to Mandolin Orange. In my review, I compared them favorably to The Everybodyfields. The first track, Old Ties and Companions is simply a gorgeous tune. NPR seems to agree with me as well calling it A Song We Love. Here’s some info on the album.

Such Jubliee, written over the course of a year spent on the road, is about home, both the place and the idea. Some days it’s a safe, warm, loving refuge from the world outside. Other days it’s cold and empty and too quiet. Either way, it’s always waiting for you at the end of the road.

Mandolin Orange is hitting the road, including a stop at SXSW. I suggest making it a point to see them.

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I’ve been searching for another Everybodyfields for quite some time now. And while, Mandolin Orange trend more towards Appalachian folk as opposed to straight up twang, it hits right between the eyes like The Everybodyfields always did. Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin’s voices feel so right together, like they were meant to never be apart.

This Side of Jordan is their third album and first with Yep Roc. I had the first couple and enjoyed them both, but neither resonated with him like this one. The lead single, Cavalry is a goose-bump inducing track. Inspired by the Lord of The Rings trilogy; it is told from the perspective of the soldier’s loyal sidekick – their horse. I don’t know if it is because I love these books and movies, but this song gets me every last time. When, Frantz joins in with Marlin for the chorus, it is heartbreaking stuff.

Marlin and Frantz effortlessly take the lead from each other on tracks. The other always lending each other the perfect harmony without stepping on the other’s toes. The Doorman has Frantz taking the lead and it is another doozy of a track.

It’s always nice to see a band come out of nowhere to kill it on their first album. Its more enjoyable for me to watch a band grow and put out a killer album 3 or 4 albums into their career. Mandolin Orange have done that and you would be remiss in not adding This Side Of Jordan to your collection.

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