Single Review – Manchester Orchestra – The Moth

Third track taken from the band’s forthcoming album ‘A Black Mile To The Surface’, due for release July 28th via Loma Vista, ‘The Moth’ see’s Manchester Orchestra focusing on an ever more brooding, almost ethereal sound. Previously crunchy guitars are kept to a minimum, crafted into the tracks soaring and tumbling instrumentation. Andy Hull’s vocal continues to be softened from past rebel yells as the track’s tone captivatingly leads towards an impactful crescendo. Inspired by Hull and (lead guitarist) Robert McDowell’s work scoring the disarmingly odd comedy ‘Swiss Army Man’ in which they had to; ‘make 70 minutes of music with (their) hands tied behind (their) backs’, new tracks have a focus on a scenic expansive sound, simplifying and recrafting Manchester Orchestra, with an air of Alt-J some how collaborating with Mumford and Kasabian. Wanting to make an album in a ‘non-Manchester’ way single ‘The Moth’ see’s the Atlanta indie-rock band experimenting, though be it subtly, with their song writing process. 

Hayley Miller

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