Chapel Hill-based Mandolin Orange (Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin) spends a lot of time on the road, and it’s paying off. The band’s ever-increasing fan base—thanks to killer live shows—aside, all that road time informed the new record, Such Jubilee.
“We’ve both lived our whole lives in North Carolina,” says Andrew Marlin. “Touring around and getting to spend time in so many awesome places around the country has really just made us appreciate our home in Chapel Hill even more. ‘Such Jubilee’ is a record inspired by home, via the road.”
That’s evident throughout the follow-up to 2012’s This Side of Jordan, one of NPR Music’s Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums of the Year. But don’t take my word for it. Below is an exclusive, gorgeous live version of “Settled Down.” As a bonus, we’ve also included a behind-the-scenes look at the record. So pop on a good pair of headphones, close your eyes, and let the music transport you to Chapel Hill, to home.