Mandolin Orange: The Letting Go

Photo by Kendall Bailey As if grief weren’t already the most devastating of emotions, it has a cruel way of compounding itself by fracturing other relationships, sometimes leaving us stranded on islands of loneliness as we struggle to cope with our sorrow, much less communicate it. Those schisms can weigh as heavily as the heartbreak that permeates every note of “Golden Embers,” the sad and beautiful opening song on Mandolin Orange’s new album, Tides Of A Teardrop. As depicted in a semi-autobiographical video, the song reflects on loss and how it wounds. And how talking about our anguish can help us heal. Apparently, writing songs about it also helps, as Mandolin Orange singer/mandolinist/acoustic guitarist Andrew Marlin discovered while penning tunes for this album, the sixth he and singer/fiddler/acoustic guitarist Emily Frantz have released together since meeting at a bluegrass jam session in 2009.  “It’s a very healing process for me to work through some of these thoughts and to put them to music,” Marlin says. “The important part of songwriting, to me, is that it is just such a therapeutic and calming part of my life.” He wasn’t actually aware that he needed that therapy until he realized he was…

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