Label: Yep Roc Records
The North Carolina duo of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin creates the kind of warm, intimate, folky Americana that makes you pine for a porch. Opener "Old Ties and Companions" is a reminder to appreciate the good times -- and the people you share them with; its effortless feel is heightened by a rolling mandolin and Frantz's airy harmonies. While most of the album stays in a slow-to-mid-tempo mode, the duo picks up the pace on "Little Worlds" with a rambling banjo and lilting violin. Other highlights include the beautifully wistful "Rounder" and "From Now On," featuring Frantz on lead vocals.