Mandolin Orange at Golden State Theatre
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Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. This North Carolina duo have built a steady and growing fanbase, and singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed their music's lamp glow intimacy for years.
For their most recent album, Tides of a Teardrop, Marlin and Frantz enlisted their touring band, with whom they also worked on their last album, Blindfaller. Having recorded all previous albums live in the studio, they approached the recording process in a different way this time. “We went and did what most people do, which we’ve never done before—we just holed up somewhere and worked the tunes out together,” Frantz says. There is a telepathy and warmth in the interplay on Tides of A Teardrop that brings a new dynamic to the foreground—a holy silence between notes, the air that charges the album.