READ // Spin Steps into the Studio with UMO

Last week we welcomed our newest signee, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to the Jagjaguwar family. With a brand new album in the works, SPIN stepped into the studio with the UMO’s main man for a look at what’s to come. It’s the follow-up to UMO’s self-titled, debut release. Ruban gives insight to the new record’s origin: the road.

“There are a lot of weird shit that starts going through your head when you don’t get enough sleep, when you start indulging in stuff. There are a lot of weird ideas in there that, when I actually got my head together afterward, I was shocked: I didn’t realize how dark some of the lyrics had become.”

After writing the album, Ruban returned to his new home of Portland to begin recording before heading back out on the road with Grizzly Bear. “It was just me, locked up, sleeping during the day and making the record at night,” he shares.

Read “Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘Nerd Out’ On Sophomore LP”

Catch UMO on tour now! Dates HERE! You can stream the new single, “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” below!

Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
May As Well (Bonus Track) by Angel Olsen

Surrender by Briana Marela

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Neverending Fountain by S. Carey

Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Dinosaur Jr.
Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park  w/ Primus

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Boise, ID - Neurolux  w/ Vinyl Williams

Wolf People
Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern  w/ Barton Carroll

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