The sweet sounds of Mandolin Orange

ArtsWeek: The sweet sounds of Mandolin Orange

August 20, 2013 

Andrew Marlin sure can sing, and he possesses an expansive vocabulary of traditional songs, folk tunes, bluegrass and mountain ballads.

How he can sing them. Since he and Emily Frantz began their partnership back around 2009, the two members of Mandolin Orange have been through quite a lot, including romance and breakup, and now a third album.

They will perform at Cat’s Cradle at a release party for their CD, “This Side of Jordan.”

Their sound has been described as “hushed-country,” a nice term, but it’s more than that. It comes from inside two people in love with the music they play, and just being in the room with them is like watching a sacrament.

They are young, were once in love, and sing duets like maybe only two sweethearts can.

“This Side of Jordan” comes out on Yep Roc, evidence the label has retained its gift for choosing artists with promise. Mandolin Orange are not diamonds in the rough, but a gift airmail from DeBeers.

They will be joined Friday at the Cradle by friends Big Fat Gap and South Carolina Broadcasters. Tonight at 6, the Steel String Brewery is hosting a pre-release party, with proceeds going to a local nonprofit.

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

Tickets: $10 to $28

Info: 919-967-9053

Correspondent Tom Hartwell

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