Neither of these two singles have been reviewed yet so I have decided to review them both in one single review. “Top Notch” and “Every Stone” are off Manchester Orchestra‘s forthcoming album in April called Cope.
These songs share similar characteristics. They are both massive tunes whose only intentions are to have your heads nodding and your eardrums pounding. “Top Notch” greets you with a thick layer of sonic beauty. The guitar riffs are layered thick with distortion and are practically face-melters. The song’s bass line is a continuous thudding presence which is most noticed when Andy Hull’s soaring and beautiful vocals come floating in. This is punctuated by loud guitar riffs which give the song a layered feeling and maintain a fast tempo. “Every Stone” follows a similar formula but focuses on a less distorted sound and cleaner guitar riffs. Both songs show Hull’s beautiful voice and his brilliant songwriting skills.
These two singles bring a fresh sound to indie-rock that has been missing for a while since indie-pop and indie-folk took over. I think that 2014 is going to be the year of the indie-rock bands with the promise that is Cope being just around the corner.