Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange

Thursday, March 14

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Washington's

$25.00 - $30.00

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Mandolin Orange
Mandolin Orange
Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like
whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo have built a
steady and growing fanbase with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop, due
out February 1, it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duo’s fullest, richest,
and most personal effort. You can hear the air between them—the taut space of shared
understanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like two
halves of an endlessly completing thought. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multiinstrumentalist
Emily Frantz have honed this lamp glow intimacy for years.
On Tides of A Teardrop, Marlin wrote the songs, as he usually does, in a sort of stream
of consciousness, allowing words and phrases to pour out of him as he hunted for the
chords and melodies. Then, as he went back to sharpen what he found, he found
something troubling and profound. Intimations of loss have always haunted the edges of
their music, their lyrics hinting at impermanence and passing of time. But Tides of A
Teardrop confronts a defining loss head-on: Marlin's mother, who died of complications
from surgery when he was 18.
These songs, as well as their sentiments, remain simple and quiet, like all of their
music. But beneath the hushed surface, they are staggeringly straightforward. “I’ve
been holding on to the grief for a long time. In some ways I associated the grief and the
loss with remembering my mom. I feel like I’ve mourned long enough. I’m ready to bring
forth some happier memories now, to just remember her as a living being."
For this album, Marlin and Frantz enlisted their touring band, who they also worked with
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—that holy
silence between notes, the air that charges the album with such profound intimacy.
“This record is a little more cosmic, almost in a spiritual way—the space between the
notes was there to suggest all those empty spaces the record touches on,”
acknowledges Marlin. There are many powerful ways of acknowledging loss;
sometimes the most powerful one is saying nothing at all.
Venue Information:
Washington's
132 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://washingtonsfoco.com/