On Mandolin Orange’s third release, This Side Of Jordan, there’s a Lightnin’ Hopkins lyric, “If fate’s an old woodpecker then I’m an old chunk of wood.” “I love the imagery that creates,” Andrew Marlin, the duo’s lyricist says, “You just picture death as this woodpecker that just lands on your shoulder and starts chipping away at you until there’s finally nothing left.”
This Side Of Jordan is the story of a healing process, with tales of love and loss, told honest and bare. The opener, ‘House of Stone,’ quietly fades in with the hush of Frantz’s fiddle then Marlin’s guitar joins her, blooming. It’s a moment of beauty and a gentle easing into the record that’s drenched deep in the old time music of Southern Appalachia.
Recorded at the Fideltorium in Kernersville, North Carolina with bassist Jeff Crawford and a backing band, This Side Of Jordan still maintains Mandolin Orange’s modest aesthetic. Marlin and Frantz have rambled through the dark and came out together on This Side Of Jordan holding onto some promise, more confident than ever. They’ve made simply structured songs with easy chords and humble harmonies. These are the hymns that Mandolin Orange was meant to offer.
|1.||House of Stone|
|2.||Turtle Dove and the Crow|
|3.||There Was A Time|
|10.||Waltz About Whiskey|
|11.||Until the Last Light Fades|
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