UMO Announces Surprise Instrumental Album ‘IC-01 Hanoi’

While recording Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, Sex & Food, Ruban Nielson, his longtime collaborator Jacob Portrait, and his brother Kody Nielson found themselves in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi at Phu Sa Studios. During the recording process for Sex & Food the band recorded live sessions with local musician Minh Nguyen on Sáo Trúc, Đàn Môi, and Vietnamese percussion, and Nielson’s father, Chris, on flugelhorn, saxophone, and keyboards. These sessions became IC-01 Hanoi: a sonic distillation of the band’s influences in jazz, krautrock, and the avant-garde. At its core Hanoi (coming Oct. 26th) is a record of exploration, finding its closest antecedent in Miles Davis’ experimental and legendary On The Corner – itself a record full of nods toward avant-garde composers and jazz outsiders alike. The recording finds Nielson amplifying and stretching out on lead guitar, with a blown-out and wandering fuzz tone that slinks throughout the sessions. The rest of the group match Nielson’s melodic diversions with aplomb, mining their talents and finding as easy a role in the fusion of funk as they do in the more ambient and abstract tangents on Hanoi.

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