13 August, 2021Print
Watchhouse (FKA Mandolin Orange) Share Self-Titled Debut Under New Name, Out Today via Tiptoe Tiger Music / Thirty TigersTour Dates Include The Ryman, Red Rocks + Beacon Theatre — full routing below
Read An Interview With Watchhouse Over At Garden & Gun
“Pristine acoustic picking collides with hazy, dream-like psychedelia”
– Rolling Stone
“Celebrates the highs of new parenthood in all its dazed, anxious treatment"
– MOJO (4 Stars)
“May be their best work to date.”
– American Songwriter
“Beautiful arrangements. Laudable instrumental and vocal performances. Heartfelt lyrics.”
– No Depression
“The essence of the duo of Marlin and Franz still floats and soars – breaking through like those splinters of sunlight even more brightly.”
– GLIDE Mag
Today, Watchhouse — the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz formerly known as Mandolin Orange — share Watchhouse, their first album under their new name. Co-produced by Josh Kaufman (The National, Bonny Light Horseman), Watchhouse finds the band embarking into bold new sonic territory, weaving their Appalachian-steeped folk with ambient drone, gauzy soul horns, and experimental texture. All the while, Andrew Marlin’s earnest songs explore the whirlwind of new parenthood, digital isolation, and impending climate catastrophe with a masterful and poetic simplicity. It’s a powerful and open-hearted work that heralds an artistic reinvention from one of 21st century folk music’s biggest grassroots success stories.
The album has already received praise from Rolling Stone, MOJO, American Songwriter, No Depression, GLIDE and more. Listen to Watchhouse here:https://orcd.co/watchhouse
The name change from Mandolin Orange to Watchhouse was not made lightly. Says Andrew Marlin: “We’re different people than when we started this band. We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.” Watchhouse discuss the name change, the tenuous return of live music, and more in a new interview feature over at Garden & Gun. Read that here.
And read an interview over at Holler where Watchhouse talk about using songwriting to find out where you stand and the strangeness of new parenthood here.
Starting over a decade ago playing coffee shops and local restaurants, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz have “redefined roots music for a new generation” (Washington Post) as they’ve taken their music to millions of Spotify listeners, historic venues from Red Rocks to Newport Folk Festival, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and more. Watchhouse are currently on tour, with upcoming dates at the Ryman, BottleRock, FreshGrass, Red Rocks, and more. See full Watchhouse tour dates below.