Watch This Now: Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”

“The truth cannot be fractioned either way I imply…”

I honestly wasn’t sure what to make of Simple Math, the new record from Manchester Orchestra, when it dropped. Over time, however, I’ve grown to love the album and have listened repeatedly to the songs and related back to the themes and lyrics of it. Being somewhat of a visual learner, however, I don’t think that the title track impacted on me quite as much as it has after seeing this video and still recovering from its heart-wrenching visualisation of the themes found within the song.

Normally, I’ll want to talk extensively about such a crushing video – certainly one of the most powerful videos I’ve seen in a very, very long time. But there’s not much that I can really say, for fear of giving the video away. I’ll instead discuss the themes – I see it as being about violent rejection, wanting to be a better person, family and unconditional love. At first, it might not make sense, as there is a lot going on within the five-and-a-half-minute runtime. When it clicks, though, perhaps you too will have the overbearing feeling in your stomach like I have right now from just thinking about this video. Essential viewing.


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