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Standing Out in Folk: Mandolin Orange

By: Noah Dolinajec

There is no shortage of folk-duos in the music world today, but there is a shortage of groups that stand out from their counterparts. Mandolin Orange is one of those groups.

The North Carolina pairing, made up of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, recently released their third full length album Such Jubilee on Yep Roc Records. Following in the footsteps of their first two self-released records, Such Jubilee touches on the pure roots of folk music, questioning life, love, and death.

There is an innate flow in every song. Without being trite or overly sensitive,  Mandolin Orange uses traditional folk-duo styles to craft full bodied, original tracks: mandolin finger picking, harmonic strumming, and vocal duets. Not to mention beautifully simple lyrics.

The band began their North American tour on May 23rd and will be stopping in all regions of the United States and select areas of Canada. If you are jonesing for a smooth, melancholic album with deep insight,you have got to give this a listen and catch a show.

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