Mandolin Orange | Quiet Little Room

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Quiet Little Room

by Mandolin Orange

Deviant harmonies intensify poems of the natural world, stylized with violin, mandolin, and acoustic and electric guitars.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. These Old Wheels
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2. Your Cryin' Eyes
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3. Wee Bird
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4. Easy
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5. Modern Man
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6. One More Down
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7. Night Owl
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8. A Thousand Amen
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9. Life On A String
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10. Lullaby
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11. Poor Boy Poor Me
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12. Quiet Little Turnaround
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Album Notes
Mandolin Orange ornaments original, lyrical songs with violin, mandolin, and acoustic and electric guitars. Songwriter Andrew Marlin and vocalist/instrumentalist Emily Frantz pair their divergent musical roles to stylize music influenced by their folk, jazz and bluegrass predecessors.

The duo's core sound revolves around pairings of violin, mandolin, and guitar, but Quiet Little Room features additional instrumentation from electric guitar, harmonica, electric and stand-up bass, organ, drums and viola, all played by Andrew and Emily. Quiet Little Room reflects the influence of traditional music on the duo's progressive style, providing a sound that’s uniquely their own yet somehow satisfyingly familiar.


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Gorgeous songwriting!
Wow, this CD really blew me away! I didn't know what to expect, but it exceeded my expectations in every way. The sound is a mellow folk duo with beautiful vocals and gorgeous songwriting. Both Andrew and Emily sing and take turns with lead and harmony. He has an earthy tone to his voice which works perfectly with he material and she has an angelic voice that's clear and evocative. The instrumentation is spare but powerful. The fingerpicked guitars stand out on some tracks while on others the fiddle give a longing melody.

It is the songwriting which stands out the most. The melodies get stuck in your head and after only two listens I was singing along with many of the tracks. The songs are tightly written, without superfluous elements. The music would be perfect in a film score.

I would highly recommend this CD if you listen to folk, Americana, singer/songwriter or roots music. Well scratch that, I'd recommend this CD to anyone!