Watchhouse (the duo formerly known as Mandolin Orange) have a sweet new music video out for their single 'New Star'. Watch below.
The Chapel Hill, North Carolina band tapped area resident Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) to direct the visual. The sentimental video explores how the ritual of fire - across birthday candles, sky lanterns, sparklers and more - unites people. It ends with a summery picnic scene featuring Meath's Sylvan Esso bandmate and husband Nick Sanborn, members of Mountain Man and Watchhouse's Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.
'New Star' appears on Watchhouse's forthcoming self-titled album, out August 13. They previously released the lead single 'Better Way'.
Marlin and Frantz announced in April that they'd be changing their band name to Watchhouse. The pandemic - and the stillness they experienced as a result - played a significant part in their decision. "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," they said in a statement. "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."
The duo's last album Tides of a Teardrop came out in 2019. Since then, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz became parents, a major life change which they said influenced Watchhouse.