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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announce Jagjaguwar Debut, Out 2013

It’s official. Unknown Mortal Orchestra announce their sophomore album, II, the follow up to 2011’s esteemed debut. Think Pink Floyd, the Family Stone, The Beatles and Soft Machine shaken up and pushed through Ruban’s distorted rock’n’roll kaleidoscope. II came to be during Ruban’s long inhabitance of the perils intense touring often encapsulate. Themes of loneliness, love and despair surface on the new record, giving listeners a special lens to life on the road. II is out February 5, 2013.

A few weeks ago, we shared the first cut from II – the fantastic “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark).” Go ahead a give that track another listen above. In addition to streaming, you can now purchase the once tour-exclusive “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” b/w “Waves of Confidence” 7″ via iTunes.

Ruban, Jacob and Greg are currently on tour! They’ve just announced a performance at Hype Machine’s CMJ Party next week, too (make sure to RSVP). See all their dates and ticket information HERE! Ruban is also nominated for Best Alternative Album and Best Male Solo Artist in the New Zealand Music Awards!

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Hot Dog! Unknown Mortal Orchestra Nominated in the New Zealand Music Awards

*photo by Faith Silva

A big congratulations goes to Unknown Mortal Orchestra! Ruban Nielson is up for Best Male Artist and Best Alternative Album with his debut, self-titled album in the 47th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards! We’re incredibly proud and wish UMO the best of luck! The awards ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at Vector Arena and will be screened starting at 8:30PM! You can purchase tickets to the event HERE!

UMO will be in New Zealand on October 28 for the Rhythm and Alps Festival! Check out all their tour dates HERE! Listen to their new single “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” below!

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!

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