Opening set with Anaïs Mitchellbegins at 8 p.m. Mandolin Orange takes the stage at 9 p.m.
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. Their latest album, Tides of A Teardrop, 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.
For this album, Marlin and Frantz enlisted their touring band, who they also worked with on their last album Blindfaller. Having recorded all previous albums live in the studio, they approached the recording process in a different way this time. “We went and did what most people do, which we’ve never done before. We just holed up somewhere and worked the tunes out together,” Frantz says. There are telepathy and warmth in the interplay on Tides of A Teardrop that brings a new dynamic to the foreground—that holy silence between notes, the air that charges the album with such profound intimacy. “This record is a little more cosmic, almost in a spiritual way. The space between the notes was there to suggest all those empty spaces the record touches on,” acknowledges Marlin.