Manchester Orchestra Announce New Album ‘The Million Masks of God’

The wait is over: following a cryptic, 7-day countdown initiated upon the completion of last Friday’s live screening of A Black Mile To The Surface: The Global Concert Film, Manchester Orchestra today announced their new album The Million Masks of God will be released April 30th, 2021 via Loma Vista Recordings. The Black Mile film—a front-to-back performance of the band’s 2017 instant-classic album that saw over 7,000 viewers tune-in live and now has over 100,000 streams to date—culminated in the launch of TheMillionMasksOfGod.com, which revealed teasers of the album art as well as instrumental stems from the urgent and sweeping first single, “Bed Head.” The song debuted last night via SiriusXM’s Alt Nation ‘Advanced Placement,’ and can now be heard alongside the cinematic, Andrew Donoho-directed video that finds a home haunted by a spectral Andy Hull. “‘Bed Head’ is two old friends existing in two separate realities,” explains Hull, who joined SiriusXM’s Alt Nation yesterday evening to discuss the new album. “It’s a conversation about the lives they lived, the consequences of life’s decisions, and finding purpose in trying to be better.” With special effects of Poltergeist-level proportion, the “Bed Head” mini-supernatural thriller film mirrors the song’s howling close, and ranks among the best in the band’s canon of celebrated visuals.

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.