11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The title of Mandolin Orange’s third album hints at big topics handled with a biblical sort of gravity. But while it’s true that This Side of Jordan touches on primal themes of hard living, the bonds of affection, and looming mortality, these tracks have a vigor and stubborn optimism that keeps the music from surrendering to heaviness. Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz match their voices seamlessly as they unreel modern-day folk tales rooted in the landscape of their North Carolina home base. The arrangements capture an antique glow similar to the best work of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars, with Frantz’s plaintive fiddle and Martin’s adept acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin work speaking as eloquently as the duo’s lyrics. Bittersweet ruminations like “House of Stone” and “The Runaround” are leavened by the easy glide of “Turtle Dove & the Crow” and “Calvary.” Fleeting character sketches and vividly drawn vignettes lend an evocative depth to “Black Widow,” “Morphine Girl,” “Hey Adam," and similar tracks. With an understated virtuosity, Mandolin Orange conjures a timeless world.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The title of Mandolin Orange’s third album hints at big topics handled with a biblical sort of gravity. But while it’s true that This Side of Jordan touches on primal themes of hard living, the bonds of affection, and looming mortality, these tracks have a vigor and stubborn optimism that keeps the music from surrendering to heaviness. Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz match their voices seamlessly as they unreel modern-day folk tales rooted in the landscape of their North Carolina home base. The arrangements capture an antique glow similar to the best work of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars, with Frantz’s plaintive fiddle and Martin’s adept acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin work speaking as eloquently as the duo’s lyrics. Bittersweet ruminations like “House of Stone” and “The Runaround” are leavened by the easy glide of “Turtle Dove & the Crow” and “Calvary.” Fleeting character sketches and vividly drawn vignettes lend an evocative depth to “Black Widow,” “Morphine Girl,” “Hey Adam," and similar tracks. With an understated virtuosity, Mandolin Orange conjures a timeless world.

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About Mandolin Orange

Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina around the talents of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz, Mandolin Orange draw from wells both old and new, offering up a heady mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and pop that invokes the earthy timelessness (and effortless harmonies) of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the sweet unpredictability of Nickel Creek, and the rich, gothic Americana of the Civil Wars. Partners in music and life, the pair released their self-produced debut, Quiet Little Rooms, through CD Baby in 2010, followed by the ambitious double album Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger in 2011. The duo inked a deal with Yep Roc for their third long-player, 2013's This Side of Jordan. For album number four, 2016's Blindfaller, Mandolin Orange expanded to a six-piece, with Marlin and Frantz joined in the studio by Josh Oliver on keyboards and guitar, Allyn Love on pedal steel, Clint Mullican on bass, and Kyle Keegan on drums. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Carrboro, NC
  • FORMED
    2009

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