UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp Soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nuggets-like gems. It's a one-two punch that has caught the ear of hip-hop community heavyweights (?uestlove, El-P, Big Boi) and indie-world heroes (Liars, Toro Y Moi). With bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Riley Geare, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is preparing a full-length for Jagjaguwar in early 2013.

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announce New Album ‘Multi-Love’ Out May 26th, Listen To The Title Track Now




The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.UMO’s new album is out May 26th on Jagjaguwar. Listen to title track “Multi-Love” above or on our SoundCloud page and YouTube..

Pre-order Multi-Love via SCD/direct, Amazon, iTunes, your local record store.

Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights.


“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” says Ruban. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”

While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre’s touchstones so vital: constant exploration.

Additionally, US and UK tour dates have been announced, and will go on pre-sale on Friday. Full dates + track listing after the jump.

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ON TOUR // UMO Announces Summer Tour Dates, Play Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, Pickathon, And More

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has a must-see live show which had Consequence of Sound describe it as “an outpouring of raw, hot psych-rock,” wherin “Unknown Mortal Orchestra transformed into what they had resembled on the surface all along: a balls-out punk band.”

See the band this summer all over including the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, Pickathon, End of the Road, and Electric Picnic.Get a sense of their live show by watching the playlist of sessions above or here on our YouTube page. All upcoming dates listed below.


TOUR DATES:
[see all dates/tix here: jagjaguwar.com/tour]

5/15 | Seattle, WA, USA @ University of Washington (FREE)
5/06 | Los Angeles, CA, USA @ First Fridays at the Natural History Museum
6/12 | Lisbon, Portugal @ Optimus Alive
6/27 | Denver, CO, USA @ Underground Music Showcase
8/1-8/3 | Happy Valley, OR, USA @ Pickathon Music Festival
8/16 | Mexico City, Mexico @ Ceremonia Festival
8/23-8/24 | Monterey, CA, USA @ First City Festival
8/29 | La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland @ Nox Orae #5 -
8/30 | Wiltshire, United Kingdom @ End of the Road Festival
8/31 | Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
9/02 | Milano, Italy @ Circolo Magnolia
9/03 | Marina di Ravenna, Italy @ Hana-Bi Free Show (FREE)
9/05 | Gdansk, Poland @ Soundrive
9/07 | Vlieland, Netherlands @ Into The Great Wide Open
10/5-10/9 | Reykjavik, Iceland @ Iceland Airwaves

ALBUM RELEASE // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Perform ‘Blue Record’ Acoustic EP Out Today, On Tour Starting In November

Today we are proud to release of UMO’s Blue Record, an acoustic EP expanding on II which includes a cover of Dirty Projectors‘ “Swing Lo Magellan” which you can listen to ABOVE or HERE on YouTube.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s new EP ‘Blue Record’ is out now through SC Distribution and iTunes. Also as a preview for the album, our friends at KCRW are currently streaming the whole album here.

Read more to see album art, track list, and all the dates of their upcoming UK / European tour!
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LISTEN // Hear Wolf People’s “When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate” From New 12″, Start North American Tour

UK group Wolf People start their first ever North American tour tomorrow night in Brooklyn at The Knitting Factory! In celebration, the band shares a track off the new “When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate” 12″ which will be released on December 3rd, 2013. Listen to the track ABOVE or here on YouTube. The 12″ includes two brand new tracks recorded at their small practice space and two tracks from their April 2013 release, Fain.

Click read more for some backstory on the band and the full list of tour dates including a string of concerts with label mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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From The Sun by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

So Good At Being In Trouble by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

05/07/15
Eugene, OR - WOW Hall  w/ Nurses

05/09/15
Seattle, WA - Barboza

05/10/15
Spokane, WA - The Bartlettt

05/20/15
Bristol, UK - Thekla

05/21/15
London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall

05/22/15
Coventry, UK - Warwick University  w/ Django Django

05/23/15
Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound Society  w/ Django Django

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