"Such Jubilee" is the fourth full length studio album from Americana/folk duo Mandolin Orange, released 5th May 2015 through Yep Roc Records.
Such Jubilee, the fourth album from Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, is a predominantly quiet collection of 10 songs, direct in their purpose and execution. Like many a band that have found themselves tied to the road after a breakthrough album, Mandolin Orange’s follow-up to This Side of Jordan takes its inspiration from that state of constant flux, only in this instance it’s about looking back home from a new perspective.
“Old Ties and Companions,” the album’s lead track, finds Marlin singing about travel through the lens of those met along the way, those left behind, and those whose steady, side-by-side presence can turn bad times good. “Settled Down” shifts to focus on the question of home, singing about how refuge and familiarity can bring out the gentler side of rambling souls. The accents of fiddle and electric guitar match the somber, contemplative tone in Marlin’s voice. Frantz takes her only lead vocal on “From Now On,” a gorgeous song about making the most of rare moments, of cherishing the simple comforts of love.
Such Jubilee is an album full of blissful moments that emphasize the incredible musical bond between Marlin and Frantz. It’s an innate chemistry that’s been honed in the studio, strengthened by the road, and refined by time.
Reviewed by Eric Swedlund for pastemagazine.com. User Comments