thread of best rock album of year 2017, 'a black mile to the surface' by manchester orchestra

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i have listened to this three times in a row today and i kind of feel like it's the best record of its kind since brand new's the devil and god are raging inside me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaeWss85_vg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hru_Dzv1olM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71U_qjHLM58

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 28 July 2017 16:18 (four months ago) Permalink

looking forward to digging into this

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 28 July 2017 16:47 (four months ago) Permalink

noticed this comparison in the Exclaim rave, might be worth exploring

With songs that are crisp, emotive and hymn-like, Black Mile can prompt admiring comparisons to Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket; it's also probably the closest thing to the little-known yet incredible Clean Head by Oceana, an EP that never got the proper followup it deserved.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:00 (four months ago) Permalink

Alien -> Sunshine -> Grocery is just absurd

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:14 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah it is!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:29 (four months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't think to compare this to The Devil and God - it feels much more even-keeled emotionally, dynamically, sonically - but it sure is gorgeous. Is there a good interview or writeup somewhere that talks about the overarching concept or w/ever?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:37 (four months ago) Permalink

i mean i'm not comparing it sonically, mostly just as really coherent album statement that seems to totally fulfill the band's potential in atmosphere and depth

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:43 (four months ago) Permalink

rock albums assembled in such a way that they seem to get deeper as they go

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:47 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah I can def hear that.

the Oceana EP mentioned in that writeup is actually a pretty apt comparison!

https://open.spotify.com/track/4452im0oupzzOYPHCqcLyx

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:51 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQh3k-n_tcQ

this song is so fucking good

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:51 (four months ago) Permalink

the piercing harmonies in "the moth" are like

http://68.media.tumblr.com/d9d94c54bf63885abc4eb0eaeaa2348b/tumblr_otmh5bYkWq1s86mfwo2_250.gif

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 28 July 2017 21:31 (four months ago) Permalink

I'll try these tubes. I still find it weird that the cd I got from them in 2006 (LP2) looks like something they burned themselves

the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 28 July 2017 22:31 (four months ago) Permalink

the cd I got from them in 2006 (LP2)

you mean i'm like a virgin losing a child? i've never owned that one but i guess it wouldn't surprise me if its presentation were super austere

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:58 (four months ago) Permalink

i have listened to only this album for the past 24 hours. i have decided the best moment is in "the grocery" is when he sings "this is the onlyyyy. WAYYYYY to go"

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 July 2017 16:00 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm still deciding how I feel about the dialed-back intensity but the cohesiveness and command of mood is really impressive

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 29 July 2017 16:32 (four months ago) Permalink

this is great. a band i've been ignoring for years, basically.

i don't really know their earlier stuff. is this one of the better rock bands that the "cool" music press has been ignoring for a decade in favor of declaring rock dead?

alpine static, Sunday, 30 July 2017 23:57 (four months ago) Permalink

With songs that are crisp, emotive and hymn-like, Black Mile can prompt admiring comparisons to Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket; it's also probably the closest thing to the little-known yet incredible Clean Head by Oceana, an EP that never got the proper followup it deserved.

― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, July 28, 2017 10:00 AM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I heard a lot of BoH when I listened to this. might just be his vox.

Spottie, Monday, 31 July 2017 19:58 (four months ago) Permalink

i don't really know their earlier stuff. is this one of the better rock bands that the "cool" music press has been ignoring for a decade in favor of declaring rock dead?

yep!! also if you dig this record you'd probably also like mean everything to nothing

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 31 July 2017 20:00 (four months ago) Permalink

good to know.

def BOH happening, not just in the vox, xpost. i don't mind, i like BOH

alpine static, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:06 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah i dont mind altho I havent listened to BoH since their 2nd album i dont think.

Spottie, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Lead, SD is really really good and imo very essential to the album

I'm still deciding how I feel about the dialed-back intensity but the cohesiveness and command of mood is really impressive

― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:32 AM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think the heavier moments on here feel earned, cos of this ^

Spottie, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:22 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm down w the wall of reverb that closes out the album.

Spottie, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:25 (four months ago) Permalink

felt weird fastening the word "rock" to the thread title as it applied way more to their previous record, cope, which is pretty paint-peeling and has like 100000 guitars overdubbed on it which consume all of the remaining instruments; this is chamber music in comparison, but the overwhelming sense of dread running through all of their music is sustained on this record and is even kinda dramatically enhanced by the immaculate production

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 31 July 2017 20:29 (four months ago) Permalink

I need to go listen to Cope then

Spottie, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:36 (four months ago) Permalink

i like how impressionist the lyrics are that's what reminds me the most of devil + god that kind of abstract emo'tion. it's just painfully beautiful at some pts.

Mordy, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:48 (four months ago) Permalink

brad how have you never forced me to listen to Cope!? this is crazy good. fitting my mood much more rn.

Spottie, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 22:18 (four months ago) Permalink

thought this was good
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/manchester-orchestra-a-black-mile-to-the-surface/

Spottie, Monday, 7 August 2017 22:27 (four months ago) Permalink

Hull’s been given some serious source material, namely the birth of his daughter and co-writing the mostly a cappella soundtrack for the farcical body comedy Swiss Army Man. One might think exposure to that much real and cinematic flatulence might lighten Hull’s mood a little.

Mordy, Monday, 7 August 2017 22:35 (four months ago) Permalink

kinda glossed over that part.

Spottie, Monday, 7 August 2017 23:03 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

no one *ever* talks to me about new music irl (outside of ilxors i'm in touch w/) but sure enough i was at a party on saturday and two friends asked me about seeing manchester orchestra next month. i said to myself, "hey, there was a recent ilx thread about them!" and that i would probably be down.

i like this album, it was made by ppl who understand and love rock albums.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 01:42 (three months ago) Permalink

It's funny how much sonic DNA this and the new Brand New wound up sharing

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 01:50 (three months ago) Permalink

otm

Mordy, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:36 (three months ago) Permalink

they both sound perfect to me atm

Mordy, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:36 (three months ago) Permalink

i had not heard about this band until tonight and this album is hella excellent

seven mambas (m bison), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 03:30 (three months ago) Permalink

i have been listening to this nonstop for days.

seven mambas (m bison), Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:24 (three months ago) Permalink

Way back when, in my limited exposure, I thought this band sounded a bit like a b-list Arcade Fire. I hadn't heard anything from them until this album, which I sought out due to ILX enthusiasm, and ... well, still sort of sounds like AF to me, specifically "The Suburbs," which I like, but I couldn't make it through this album. Maybe it's his voice? I'll give it another shot soon at some point. Want to try to Brand New, too, though I've never heard a note of that band and think I always thought of them as, like, Yellowcard or something.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 August 2017 13:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Should concede that I know next to nothing about "emo" as a genre, short Rites of Spring and Jimmy Eat World, so maybe it's just not for me.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 August 2017 13:30 (three months ago) Permalink

their label's marketing has been effective on social media in that I see reference to this thing non stop all the time, everywhere, despite no one I personally know ever recommending it

akm, Sunday, 27 August 2017 13:31 (three months ago) Permalink

i don't really hear anything tying this band to arcade fire but i get hull's voice potentially being a dealbreaker

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 August 2017 14:18 (three months ago) Permalink

i regret the thread title but how could i have known that brand new would release a record this year

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 August 2017 14:18 (three months ago) Permalink

i like this album, it was made by ppl who understand and love rock albums.

otm

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 August 2017 14:19 (three months ago) Permalink

I was not into that brand new lp, but I've never been a fan

seven mambas (m bison), Sunday, 27 August 2017 17:53 (three months ago) Permalink

xxp - Fleet Foxes is what the singer's voice reminds me of.

ArchCarrier, Sunday, 27 August 2017 19:24 (three months ago) Permalink

i really liked the video for The Gold

Karl Malone, Sunday, 27 August 2017 19:33 (three months ago) Permalink

A weird album for me. I love the first three tracks and the last four, but the four in the middle don't do anything. It's like a big black hole in the middle of the album. I'll keep trying, maybe they'll grow on me.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 28 August 2017 11:29 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

the silence and the grocery are just massive

just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:20 (two months ago) Permalink

i have decided the best moment is in "the grocery" is when he sings "this is the onlyyyy. WAYYYYY to go"

this, with 'there is nothing you keep, there is only a reflection' in the silence being a close 2nd

just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:22 (two months ago) Permalink

"lead, sd" is prob my favorite song of the year

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:26 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah

Spottie, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:27 (two months ago) Permalink

some of the guitar tones and the more circuitous playing on this record remind me of later red house painters/early sun kil moon

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I can hear that

Spottie, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:56 (two months ago) Permalink

fun show tonight, their songs are super singalongable

tigers jaw was dope too

just another (diamonddave85), Monday, 25 September 2017 04:15 (two months ago) Permalink

the tinny, trebly guitars/synths(?) that perk up in "Lead, SD" really remind me of the Wrens

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 25 September 2017 12:30 (two months ago) Permalink


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