Lean in to Mandolin Orange’s recent album, “Blindfaller,” and it’s bound to happen. You’ll suddenly pick up on the power and devastation lurking in its quietude, the doom hiding beneath its unvarnished beauty. You’ll hear the way it magnifies the intimacy at the heart of the North Carolina duo’s music, as if they created their own musical language as they recorded it.
Building on the acclaim of Mandolin Orange’s 2013 breakthrough debut on Yep Roc Records “This Side of Jordan” and its follow-up, last year’s “Such Jubilee,” their new album “Blindfaller” is already following suit. Upon its September 30 release, the album charted on Billboard’s Bluegrass (#3) and Folk/Americana (#16), made Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums of 2016” and was featured on NPR’s “Heavy Rotation,” among others.