with Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld
Mandolin Oranges music radiates a mysterious warmth their songs feel likewhispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo have built asteady and growing fanbase with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop, dueout February 1, it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duos fullest, richest,and most personal effort. You can hear the air between themthe taut space of sharedunderstanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like twohalves of an endlessly completing thought. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multiinstrumentalistEmily 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 streamof consciousness, allowing words and phrases to pour out of him as he hunted for thechords and melodies. Then, as he went back to sharpen what he found, he foundsomething troubling and profound. Intimations of loss have always haunted the edges oftheir music, their lyrics hinting at impermanence and passing of time. But Tides of ATeardrop confronts a defining loss head-on: Marlin's mother, who died of complicationsfrom surgery when he was 18.These songs, as well as their sentiments, remain simple and quiet, like all of theirmusic. But beneath the hushed surface, they are staggeringly straightforward. Ivebeen holding on to the grief for a long time. In some ways I associated the grief and theloss with remembering my mom. I feel like Ive mourned long enough. Im ready to bringforth 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 withon 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 didwhat most people do, which weve never done beforewe just holed up somewhereand worked the tunes out together, Frantz says. There is a telepathy and warmth in theinterplay on Tides of A Teardrop that brings a new dynamic to the foregroundthat holysilence between notes, the air that charges the album with such profound intimacy.This record is a little more cosmic, almost in a spiritual waythe space between thenotes 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.
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