release new single/video
‘Transmissions From Echo Mountain: A Countdown To The Million Masks of God’
Manchester Orchestra today released ‘Telepath‘, the third and final single from their forthcoming new album, The Million Masks of God, out this Friday, April 30th (Loma Vista Recordings).
The song’s stunning video—directed by Isaac Deitz, conceptualised singer/guitarist Andy Hull, and filmed in one long tracking shot—features dancers from ages 11 to 72 that trace the steps of a couple from young love through their autumn years.
‘Telepath’ follows both ‘Keel Timing‘ and lead single ‘Bed Head‘, the latter of which just broke into the Top 10 at Triple A radio and the Top 30 Mediabase and BDS Alternative charts, while topping SiriusXM Alt Nation’s ‘Alt 18 Countdown’ chart at #1 for a third week.
To mark the new album’s release, Manchester Orchestra also announced Transmissions from Echo Mountain: A Countdown to The Million Masks of God, a 12-hour event broadcast from the Asheville, NC, studio where it was made. The band will check in hourly via their YouTube channel to uniquely reveal Masks, interacting with fans as they share exclusive content and performances, behind-the-scenes access, and more. Fans can tune in here; the stream kicks off Friday beginning 2am AEST.
Produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Hull and Robert McDowell, Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers), The Million Masks Of God presents an even grander scale of the epic and re-focused approach to record-making that the Atlanta, GA-based band has forged in recent years.
Their sixth album finds Hull, McDowell, Tim Very (drums), and Andy Prince (bass) relentlessly pushing themselves to create a work that breaks beyond the scope and limits of every previous release in an effort to create their most towering achievement to date, all while sorting through the aftermath of a devastating loss.
The Million Masks Of God can be seen, in a way, as the band’s sophomore album following a rebirth with Black Mile (which featured the band’s first #1 AAA and Top 15 Alternative radio hit ‘The Gold’), and Hull’s early concept for it was a natural extension of the main theme of its predecessor. “If Black Mile was this idea of ‘from birth to death,’ this album would really be more about ‘from birth to beyond, focusing on the highs and lows of life and exploring what could possibly come next,’” he explains.
Manchester Orchestra approached Masks with the intention of creating tightly-woven “movie albums” designed to be listened to in sequence and in a single sitting, with the songs working together to tell a bold, long-form narrative.
The album explores the loose story of a man’s encounter with the angel of death as he’s shown various scenes from his life in a snapshot-style assemblage. Some moments he witnesses are good, some are bad, some difficult, some commendable—in other words, they depict an entirely normal life. Ultimately, The Million Masks of God is a compelling, heady, and profound look at the impact a person’s life has on others.
“A record that feels dynamic and vital–while still respecting the band’s legacy so far–The Million Masks of God is astonishing” – DIY Mag
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