Watchhouse - Better Way (Official Video)
We’re very excited to share some foundational news today—our band is now called Watchhouse. It’s a new name to carry this music you know as Mandolin Orange into the future. We’d love to tell you a little more about it, and share our new video and song, Better Way.
Watchhouse comes from a memory—a place where I spent memorable, secluded, and meditative time as a teenager. During those same years I learned how music wasn’t just something that happened. It’s a place, it’s gravity (Strawberry Fields was the song that did it). It was an escape, and I began spending all my time there. I wrote song after song, and found someone to share it with when I met Emily.
This past year has been the first time we’ve stayed still since we were 21, and the pause gave us the opportunity to sit with ourselves and set intentions. We have long been burdened by the dichotomy between our band name and the music we strive to create—if you’ve heard the songs, you know they are personal. Now that we can see a future where music is a shared experience again, we’re defining the space we share with you on a stage or in your headphones, and making it one that welcomes our creativity and anyone who wants to listen.
We are lucky that Mandolin Orange means something to many people, and have no intention of leaving behind our older material. It’s as important to us as ever, and we can’t wait to bring it back to your ears as Watchhouse, alongside a brand new album that we’re particularly fond of (news soon!). Thank you for hearing our music—we owe something to anyone still reading this and can’t wait to continue this journey with you.
With love and gratitude,
Andrew & Emily/Watchhouse
Written by: Andrew Marlin (Tiptoe Tiger Publishing, BMI)
Produced by: Josh Kaufman & Andrew Marlin
Andrew Marlin - Singing, Mandolin, Nylon String Guitar
Emily Frantz - Fiddle, Singing
Josh Oliver - Acoustic Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Electric Guitar
Clint Mullican - Upright Bass
Joe Westerlund - Drums, Percussion
Josh Kaufman - Organ, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Video Directed by: Lachlan Turczan