“Pristine acoustic picking collides with hazy, dream-like psychedelia” – Rolling Stone
The debut album from Watchhouse — the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz formerly known as Mandolin Orange — went #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart last year. It’s a tribute to the unique alchemy of the album, which sees the band embarking on a bold and poetic artistic reinvention that imbues their Appalachian-steeped folk with ambient drone, gauzy soul horns, and experimental texture.
Watchhouse discussed the name change, new parenthood, and the influence of the late Nanci Griffith on NPR’s Here & Now. “We’re different people than when we started this band. We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.”
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.