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Mandolin Orange share second single from forthcoming album “Blindfaller” !

August 18, 2016
Scott McCormick

Scott McCormick

Mandolin Orange premiers new track
“Hard Travelin” on PopMatters
New album Blindfaller out 14th October

“Known for their beautifully crafted songs, as well as for their straight-forward yet elegant performances.”  NPR’s “Folk Alley”

“… the incredible musical bond between Marlin and Frantz… [is] an innate chemistry that’s been  honed in the studio, strengthened by the road, and refined by time.”   – Paste

Mandolin Orange premieres their latest song “Hard Travelin’” on PopMatters, who call the track, “a delightful mix of Americana, bluegrass and country.”

Listen and share “Hard Travelin” HERE

The single appears on their highly anticipated album, Blindfaller, out September 30 viaYep Roc Records.  The upcoming release builds on the acclaim of the band’s breakthrough Yep Roc debut, This Side of Jordan (2013), and last year’s Such Jubilee(2015). Blindfaller is now available for pre-order here: https://lnk.to/blindfaller. Stream the debut single “WildfireHERE.

The North Carolina duo—comprised of Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin(mandolin/vocals)—recorded the album in a one-week break from touring at Rubber Room Studio in Chapel Hill, NC. “We wanted different vibes and different intuitions on these tracks,” Marlin says, “and I feel like we really captured that.”  To bolster their message and sound on Blindfaller the duo added a full band, which features Clint Mullican on bass, Kyle Keegan on drums, Allyn Love on pedal steel and previous collaborator, Josh Oliver, on guitar, keys, and vocals.  Speaking to their recording process Frantz notes, “We talked about the feel of each song and pointed out loosely who was going to be taking solos, but it was mostly a lot of fresh takes, a lot of eye contact and a lot of nods and weird winks.” 

Founded in 2009, Mandolin Orange has built a noteworthy catalog of recordings. The band’s 2013 release This Side of Jordan garnered critical acclaim from NPR, who called the album “effortless and beautiful,” and American Songwriter, described it as “honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.”

Their 2015 follow-up, Such Jubilee, furthered their standing with inclusion in Rolling Stone’s “30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear,” NPR’s Folk Alley’s “Best of 2015 Listener’s Poll,” and Amazon’s “Best of the Next 2015.”  The record was #1 onMagnet’s “Top 10 Indie Roots Albums of 2015” and Paste called it “an album full of blissful moments.” 

On the road, the band has built a dedicated following with extensive touring including appearances at Austin City Limits, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Pickathon.

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