Artist: Manchester Orchestra
12″ Title: Make it to Me
For Record Store Day 2013, Manchester Orchestra have collaborated with Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, and US band Grouplove to release a 12″ entitled Make it to Me through Atlantic Records.
You may have heard of Manchester Orchestra (Who are deceptively from Atlanta, GA), making themselves an underground indie phenomenon with songs such as The Only One, I’ve Got Friends and I Can Feel a Hot One from their 2009 album Mean Everything to Nothing. Their latest album Simple Math in 2011 has ensured their steady success as a band, despite losing Jonathan Corley, their bass player.
For their latest release Manchester Orchestra have teamed up with Frightened Rabbit and Grouplove. Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish band from out of Selkirk, taking influences in folk and alternative music. They have recently released their album Pedestrian Verse. If you’d like to hear more about Frightened Rabbit, then you can read more about them and their music here, a review of Pedestrian Verse. Grouplove (Sometimes typeset as GROUPLOVE) are admittedly a band I’ve never heard of. The indie band hailing from Los Angeles, CA have been around for the past couple of years now, but only released their first album Never Trust a Happy Song in late 2011.
Let’s take a look at the songs on Make it to Me. The first song is eponymous, and is generally an upbeat sounding song using lots of palm-mutes as well as taking clear musical influence from Grouplove’s bouncy and melodic indie themes. It makes sense that the two bands should work together, as Grouplove’s début album was released through Canvasback, who were partly responsible for releasing Manchester Orchestra’s first album I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child in 2006.
If you’d like to hear Manchester Orchestra and Grouplove’s song Make it to Me, then you can do that here.
The second song from Manchester Orchestra’s Record Store Day release is Architect. Just like the first track, this is very much a song influenced by the guest, musically dominated by Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit’s playing with the velvet tones of Andy Hull layered over the top. Scott even does a considerable amount of singing on the single. It sounds as melancholic but as chirpy as it always does when a certain Frabbit is involved, and that’s one of the most rewarding things about both Manchester Orchestra and Frightened Rabbit’s music, it is incredibly heart-felt and emotionally provoking, often through simplicity.
If you’d like to listen to that song, then you can do so here.
On the whole, the 12″ is a very satisfying listen and for the aficionados amongst you, these are definitely songs to have in your collection, but if you’re new to either Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit or even Grouplove, then I wouldn’t recommend that this is the place to start, each artist has much more to offer than what can be heard here. Pleasant but lacking substance.