Manchester Orchestra is an indie rock quintet out of Atlanta, driven by the singing and songwriting of Andy Hull, one of those precocious talents who wrote his first album when he was in high school, the bastard. Their latest album, Mean Everything to Nothing, was produced by Joe Chicarelli, well-known for his work with My Morning Jacket and The Shins. It feels like their breakthrough.
What I like about MO’s sound is that it draws from a range of sources — emo, indie, pop, and classic rock — without fitting neatly into any niche. Hull’s songwriting is weirdly mature, both structurally and lyrically, for someone so young. I expect this band is gonna go places.