Mandolin Orange from the album Tides of a Teardrop available on Yep Roc Records
With their recent release, Tides of a Teardrop, Mandolin Orange log their fourth release on Yep Roc Records, continuing to gracefully become a destination on the musical wheel. In 2018, the Durham, North Carolina band’s tour route best described how Mandolin Orange has become a cherished addition to the lives of listeners with the band selling out every US performance and counting over 50 million streams for their music. The admiration is deserved, the duo of Mandolin Orange (Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz) crafting beautiful music, their album sound warm, tenderness delivered with an honesty as authentic as it is deep. Tides of a Teardrop arrives with the same dignity and elegance, the career successes of Mandolin Orange kept outside studio walls, the band still sounding as if they are playing for each other and for the sake of the song.
Self-producing Tides of a Teardrop, Mandolin Orange capture emotion along with the notes and chords, the album a delicately drawn picture of the world where songwriter Andrew Marlin found his eighteen-year-old self when his mother passed away. Multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz colors the stories with carefully placed musical moods when Mandolin Orange sink into the dreamscape sonics of “Time We Made Time”, wrap reality in a lovers embrace with the Jazzy Blues of “When She’s Feeling Blue”, trot out despair with a bounce to the clip-clop beat of “Lonely All the Time”, and catch “Mother Deer” in the beauty of her environment, enveloping the story in music that whispers like falling snow. Mandolin Orange magically change moods with melody, creating Tides of a Teardrop as curated moments for the mind and heart to let words and music take the wheel, if only for the space of a song. Digging deep into inner resources, Emily Frantz follows her hopes “Into the Sun” as Andrew Marlin finds a heat in memories still glowing like “Golden Embers” while Tides of a Teardrop puts a Country stride under the rhythms and confessions of “Like We Used To”, frames the sepia-toned strums of “Suspended in Heaven”, and shrugs off bad times to howl at the moon in “Wolves”.
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