“What started as the solo project of singer/songwriter Jason Dutton (ex-Nixon Ford and Carter) has morphed into a quartet featuring two known locals-viola player Emily Ng of Super Desserts and vocalist Counterfeit Madison of Trains Across the Sea and the Dewdroppers, plus new-to-the-scene cellist Natalie Manny.
The young band, Audrey & Orwell, has made some live appearances in the last year and is now releasing its first recording in the form of a four-song EP, Stairwells, recorded by Josh Landis of Old Son Studios.
As with the chamber-folk group Lost in the Trees-a band Audrey & Orwell opened for at the Wexner Center recently-the strings on Stairwells serve as more than garnish. Ng and Manny get their own space in most songs, yet they don’t muddy up parts that shouldn’t be muddied. Their melodies, unpredictable and pleasantly off-kilter, go a step further in composition and arrangement than is common with folk-pop acts.” - The Other Paper.