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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!

Jagjaguwar Welcomes Newest Signee – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The Jagjaguwar family is out-of-this-world excited to announce the signing of Unknown Mortal Orchestra! Led by songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson, UMO is a perfect concoction of psychedlia and soul. Bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Greg Rogrove round out the line-up.

Today, we have the great pleasure of sharing their first single “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).”Premiering this morning at The Fader, the single is a nod to their forthcoming album, expected for release in early 2013. Stream below!

UMO will join Grizzly Bear as support for their September dates! They’ll then go on to tour throughout the fall, with stops at Pygmalion, Midpoint Music, Corona Capital, Rhythm and Alps, Pyramid Rock and Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music festivals! Full list of dates below! The gang will also have a tour-exclusive 7″, featuring an a-side of “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” and a b-side of “Waves of Confidence.”

 
TOUR DATES:
09/18 – Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN w/ Grizzly Bear
09/20 – 9:30 ClubWashington, DC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/21 – 9:30 Club - Washington, DC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/22 – Orpheum TheaterBoston, MA w/ Grizzly Bear
09/23 – Olympia de Montreal – Montreal, QC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/24 – Radio City Music HallNew York, NY w/ Grizzly Bear
09/26 – Massey HallToronto, ON w/ Grizzly Bear
09/28 – Midpoint Music FestivalCincinnati, OH
09/29 – Pygmalion Music FestivalChampaign, IL
09/30 – The Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI w/ Dirty Projectors
10/01- Pyramid SchemeGrand Rapids, MI
10/02- Annabell’s Bar and LoungeAkron, OH
10/03 – Metropolitan KitchenAnnapolis, MD
10/05 – TaixLos Angeles, CA
10/12 – Campestre Don JuanCholula, Mexico
10/13 – Corona Capital FestivalMexico City, Mexico
12/28 - Rhythm and Alps Festival - Christchurch, NZ
12/30 – Pyramid Rock FestivalPhillip Island, Australia
12/31 – Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music FestivalPeats Ridge, Australia

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark by Moonface
Byegone by Volcano Choir

North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten

Real People by Small Black

Crown The Pines by S. Carey

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