With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in new music that we think you should hear.
Three years since the release of their quarterly album Cope, American indie four piece Manchester Orchestra come back with A Black Mile To The Surface. While still offering their distinct folk tinged vocals and bursts of heavier guitar, the album indicates a steady development in the quartet, with a much more grown up approach to music making showing through the cracks of the poetic lyrics and polished production. If the slow tempo and raw isolated layers of album opener ‘The Maze’ doesn’t captivate you, by the time you reach the hypnotic finger-picked intro riff of ‘The Moth’ and siren style drones of guitar in ‘Lead SD’, you’ll surely be sold.
You can see Manchester Orchestra live as they head to Church in Leeds on Monday 23rd October, a fitting venue for the band’s harmonious choral vocals.