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, their most recent album, 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 multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed this lamp glow intimacy for years.
2019 was a hallmark year for the band. The aforementioned Tides of a Teardrop topped Billboard's Heatseekers, Folk / Americana, Current Country and Bluegrass Charts while the band headlined the biggest rooms of their career, including a sold out two night run at the Ryman Auditorium. Notable press poured in, which included their Grand Ole Opry debut. The constant growth prompted NPR to host the band for their famed Tiny Desk Concert series and to name the duo as 'one of North Carolina's most significant bands'. Following the release of two new singles in late 2019, the group is poised to carry this momentum into 2020 and beyond.