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..
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Read more to see album art, track list, and all the dates of their upcoming UK / European tour!
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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
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
Eugene, OR - WOW Hall w/ Nurses
Seattle, WA - Barboza
Spokane, WA - The Bartlettt
Bristol, UK - Thekla
London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Coventry, UK - Warwick University w/ Django Django
Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound Society w/ Django Django
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