Mandolin Orange formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill around the talents of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist-guitarist Emily Frantz. The website All Music says Mandolin Orange draws “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.”
The duo made a couple of highly regarded albums before signing with North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records, which yielded the 2013 release of This Side of Jordan, which NPR Music called one of the year’s top 10 folk and Americana albums.
Paste magazine describes 2015’s album Such Jubilee as “full of blissful moments that emphasize the incredible musical bond between Marlin and Frantz.” Now comes Blindfaller, which features a full band sound. No Depression, the Journal of Roots Music, says “It’s really once in a lifetime that a band comes around like Mandolin Orange.”
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