Tides of a Teardrop by Mandolin Orange

Tides of a Teardrop
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In this gorgeous album, singer-songwriter and mandolinist Andrew Marlin travels through variations of longing and loss, particularly when considering the death of his mother. Emily Frantz provides perfect harmonies and takes the lead at times, offering variety to the subdued instrumentation.

While the songs examine great sadness, the overall musical tone is an elegant calm, like a stormy lake that suddenly quiets at sunset. Whether you call their music folk, Americana, roots music, or real country, to borrow the lyrics of “Time We Made Time,” Mandolin Orange will speak to you “softly, tenderly, using delicate voices.” (Yep Roc Records)

About the Author

Otto Selles teaches French at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and attends Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.