A Black Mile to the Surface is the fifth studio album from Atlanta-based indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. It was released on July 29, 2017 through Loma Vista Recordings and the band's own independent label, Favorite Gentlemen. The album was produced by both the band and Catherine Marks, along with John Congleton, Johnathan Wilson and long-time collaborator Dan Hannon. It was recorded at the band's Favorite Gentlemen Studio in Atlanta, as well as at Echo Mountain in Asheville and Elmwood West in Dallas. It is the first Manchester Orchestra release to not feature keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Freeman, who left the band in 2016; leaving vocalist/guitarist Andy Hull as the only original member of the band. The album also features guest vocals from Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format and fun.; as well as Christian Zucconi of Grouplove.