UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia's roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre's legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where's he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

WATCH / Unknown Mortal Orchestra Shares “Multi-Love” Video And Downloadable Videogame, New Album Out 5/26



Check out Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s new video for “Multi-Love” directed by Lionel Williams. Watch the video on YouTube, Vevo, or Daily Motion and then download the video game version for Mac / PC / Unity Pro Source File.

From the director: “It is meant to represent the vacuum of space by impressing upon inter-dimensional unfolding, immaterial objects, and time-driven reverberation of events. The virtual space allows for most 3D objects to trail in time – based on the directions one moves. You can construct & paint the objects in space to stretch them in any direction, to create infinitely vast compositional spaces.”

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

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

Thu. May 07 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Sat. May 09 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sun. May 10 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Wed. May 20 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Thu. May 21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Fri. May 22 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick University w/ Django Django
Sat. May 23 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
Mon. May 25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Tue. May 26 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Wed. May 27 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
Thu. May 28 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche d’Or
Fri. May 29 – Sun. May 31 – Nîmes, FR @ This is Not a Love Song Festival
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Tue. June 2 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Wed. June 3 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Thu. June 4 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri. June 5 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sat. June 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mon. June 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Tue. June 9 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Wed. June 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Thu. June 11 – Sun. June 14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Sat. June 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sun. June 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mon. June 15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Tue. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Wed. June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. June 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

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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Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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

04/24/15
New Orleans, LA - LBC Quad - Tulane University - FREE SHOW   w/ Twin Peaks

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

05/09/15
Seattle, WA - Barboza  w/ Nurses

05/10/15
Spokane, WA - The Bartlettt  w/ Nurses

05/20/15
Bristol, UK - Thekla

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

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

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