Mandolin Orange + Benedict Benjamin
Mandolin Orange 8.45
*all times approximate and subject to change
Mandolin Orange makes music that WNYC describes as being “laced with bluegrass, country and folk…often wistful and contemplative without being sombre, and always firmly grounded in the South.”
As a follow up to the breakout critical success of the band’s 2013 Yep Roc debut, ‘This Side of Jordan’, the North Carolina duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz have crafted ‘Such Jubilee’, a gorgeous, deeply moving album about home.
“When you’re gone so much, you start realizing what you have and what’s waiting for you,” explains Marlin. “You realize this there’s place to come back to at the end of the journey. The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since releasing This Side of Jordan. NPR called the album “effortless and beautiful,” naming it one of the year’s best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it “magnificent.” It earned them performances everywhere from the iconic Newport Folk Festival to Pickathon, as well as tours with Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Wood Brothers, and more.
For the ‘Such Jubilee’ sessions, Marlin and Frantz set up facing each other in Asheville’s Echo Mountain studio to capture the undeniable chemistry of their live performances. On ‘Settled Down,’ Marlin looks at what it takes to find that nearly-telepathic level of comfort in a relationship, while ‘Daylight’ looks for peace in long-term companionship, and ‘That Wrecking Ball’ meditates on the sometimes ravaging passage of time. Not all of the songs are purely introspective, though, as ‘Jump Mountain Blues’ brings to life a haunting Native American legend, and the ambitious ‘Blue Ruin’ was penned in response to the horrific violence at Sandy Hook.
Once again the duo are away from home and touring. You can catch them in the midst of it here in London at The Borderline as them sweep through this November. Tickets are on sale now.
Support on the night comes from Benedict Benjamin.