- October 01, 2018
- Folk Alley staff
Today, Mandolin Orange -- North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz -- announce the release of Tides Of A Teardrop, their first new music since 2016. Out February 1, 2019, on Yep Roc Records -- their fourth album for the venerable label -- Tides Of A Teardrop finds Mandolin Orange exploring the intimate grief at the frayed edges of their songwriting and confronting loss head-on, facing down the depths of despair and emerging with something renewed and redemptive. It's a progressive, personal statement from one of roots music's most thoughtful young groups, on the cusp of yet another prodigious breakthrough.
Listen to the premiere of the lead single "Time We Made Time" HERE at NPR Music.
On the self-produced Tides Of A Teardrop, their slow-burning acoustic meditations on love and loss are belied by a newfound directness as Marlin tackles the death of his mother, who died when he was 18. "I think her passing was almost the genesis of my writing," says Marlin. "That was when I really began to find refuge in writing songs."
Marlin's songwriting voice emerges clearer than ever, set in sharp relief by the indelible performances of Mandolin Orange's longtime touring band: Josh Oliver on keyboards and guitar, Clint Mullican on bass, and Joe Westerlund on drums. Whether it's the trilling, weighty atmosphere of the allegorical "Wolves" or the Appalachian yearning of the hymn-like "Suspended In Heaven" (written on Mother's Day), Marlin and Frantz's vocal and instrumental interplay is as dialed in as ever, the instinctual expression of deeply known but unspoken truths.
Mandolin Orange are preparing for an extensive North American tour in 2019, including stops at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Los Angeles's El Rey Theatre and the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.
A full list of tour dates:
11/10/18 - Symphony Unbound at The Ramkat - Winston-Salem, NC
12/4/18 - Brew Sessions at Bike Rack Brewing - Bentonville, AR
12/5/18 - Faulkner Performing Arts Center - Fayetteville, AR
12/6/18 - Oxford American Concert Series at South on Main - Little Rock, AR
12/8/18 - Cumberland Caverns Live - McMinnville, TN
2/1/19 - Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham, NC
2/2/19 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
2/4/19 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA
2/6/19 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
2/7/19 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
2/8/19 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - New York, NY
2/9/19 - Royale - Boston, MA
2/10/19 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
2/12/19 - Phoenix Theatre - Toronto, ON
2/13/19 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
2/14/19 - Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI
2/15/19 - First Ave - Minneapolis, MN
2/16/19 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL
3/7/19 - Imperial - Vancouver, BC
3/8/19 - Mt. Baker Theatre - Bellingham, WA
3/9/19 - The Moore - Seattle, WA
3/10/19 - The Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
3/12/19 - The Wilma - Missoula, MT
3/13/19 - Commonwealth Room - Salt Lake City, UT
3/14/19 - Washington's - Fort Collins, CO
3/15/19 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
3/16/19 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
3/17/19 - Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM
3/19/19 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
3/20/19 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
3/21/19 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
3/22/19 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR