13 Aug 2017

Manchester Orchestra

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 13 August 2017
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Photo: Loma Vista Records

Manchester Orchestra is an indie-rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They've been going since 2004. Haven't heard of them yet? You're not alone, but you might like to become acquainted.

William Dart dips into a number of their recordings, and gives a resounding thumbs-up to the most recent one A Black Mile to the Surface, released in July.

William suspects that this album has been informed by band members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell's experience writing the soundtrack to the movie Swiss Army Man featuring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. He says that while he's always liked the inventiveness of the band's sonic palette, Black Mile seems to pull back the metaphorical curtains to transform the music from VistaVision to Panavision.

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Chanson de matin' (Elgar) – The Hallé / Mark Elder
Hallé Elgar
(Hallé)

'Alice and Interiors' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor EP
(Favourite Gentlemen)

'Wolves at Night' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
(Favourite Gentlemen)

'Jimmy, He Whispers' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything to Nothing
(Favourite Gentlemen)

'Deer' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math
(Favourite Gentlemen)

'Trees' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
Cope
(Republic)

'Trees' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
Hope
(Favourite Gentlemen)

'Don't Overthink Things' (Hull/McDowell) – Andy Hull & Robert McDowell
Swiss Army Man, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Lakeshore)

'The Maze' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface
(Loma Vista)

'The Grocery' (Hull) – Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface
(Loma Vista)

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