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Listen: Manchester Orchestra’s new song “Cope”

on March 24, 2014, 1:00pm

Georgia rock outfit Manchester Orchestra will release their new album, Cope, on April 1st via Loma Vista Recordings/Favorite Gentlemen. The follow-up to 2011’s Simple Math was produced by Daniel Hannon (A Rocket to the Moon, Emily Lynch) and recorded entirely in the band’s newly completed home studio in Atlanta. The band originally recorded nearly 30 demo tracks, eventually cutting it down to 11 songs that represent a decidedly more “aggressive and unapologetic” take on hard and alternative rock, according to a press release.

“We wanted to make the kind of album that’s missing at this time in rock: something that’s just brutal and pounding you over the head every track,” added frontman Andy Hull. “Whereas Simple Math was a different palate with each song, a different color, I wanted this to be black and red the whole time.”

The band’s already unveiled the anthemic “Top Notch” and the Queen-esque “Every Stone”, and today they return with the album’s title track. Like its predecessors, “Cope” doesn’t quite bash you over the head with endless dissonance. If anything, there are lots of tiny lulls where quiet piano, low, trembling piano, and Hull’s folksy harmonies emphasize heartache over outright fury. Still, when the guitars do finally pick up the pace, the resulting sonic boom will likely stir up some deep-seated, almost primal sense of angst. Not to mention shatter any nearby windows.

Listen in below:

Cope Tracklist
01. Top Notch
02. Choose You
03. Girl Harbor
04. The Mansion
05. The Ocean
06. Every Stone
07. All That I Really Wanted
08. Trees
09. Indentions
10. See It Again
11. Cope