On the self-produced 'Tides Of A Teardrop,' their slow-burning acoustic meditations on love and loss are belied by a newfound directness as Marlin tackles the death of his mother, who died when he was 18. “I think her passing was almost the genesis of my writing,” says Marlin. “That was when I really began to find refuge in writing songs.”
Marlin’s songwriting voice emerges clearer than ever, set in sharp relief by the indelible performances of Mandolin Orange’s longtime touring band. Whether it’s the trilling, weighty atmosphere of the allegorical “Wolves” or the Appalachian yearning of the hymn-like “Suspended In Heaven” (written on Mother’s Day), Marlin and Frantz’s vocal and instrumental interplay is as dialed in as ever, the instinctual expression of deeply known but unspoken truths.