Manchester Orchestra: “A song is never finished, it's abandoned. If it were up to us, we'd have worked on this record our entire lives!”

Manchester Orchestra
(Image credit: Ollie Millington/Redferns)

Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra have always been an indie rock band capable of both chunk and sophistication. Their 2017 record A Black Mile to the Surface showed their increasing ability to transform complex, layered arrangements and high concept lyrics into climatic and unpredictable rock songs, broadening the remit of an indie rock group in the process. 

Their new album The Million Masks of God, though, created in the hardest years of the band’s life, goes even further, attempting to capture and map the arc of a full human life, all amid a melting pot of electronic and analogue instrumentation, ethereal samples and deep introspection. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.