The true, I can’t remember much how I got to know these fellas, bit I remember that the artist I’ve come to know as Unknown Mortal Orchestra came to me through an anonymous track on bandcamp, and sparse rumblings on some sites about be a Ruban Nielson´s side project , who had already had success in his previous musical life as a member of experimental punk-pop The Mint Chicks.
I do remeber well is that I was not sure what it was hearing, but the sound blissful distorted lo-fi with distinctive stabs of psychedelic guitar.really hit a chord in my brain and I could not stop hear their songs on my way until now.
From that anonymous track on bandcamp until a new record will see out next year , below you can catch the mystery surrounding the band through their vibes ..
Emerging from rampant hedonism and isolation is II, the new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The musical vision of Portlander-via-New Zealand Ruban Nielson started as an anonymous home-recording project that fused psychedelia, soul, choppy percussion and funk. UMO came to life in basements and bedrooms after Nielson moved from his native New Zealand to Portland, Oregon with his family. Following the recruitment of bassist Jacob Portrait, new drummer Greg Rogove and a deal with Jagjaguwar, UMO toured the US with Grizzly Bear and Liars.
II builds on the break-beat, junk-shop charm the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter came to be renowned for following his self-titled 2011 debut, and signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s position as an endlessly intriguing, brave psychedelic band. UMO is unafraid to dig deeper than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock’n’roll’s exaggerated myths to life.
Written during a punishing, debauched touring schedule during which Nielson feared for both his sanity and health, II illustrates the emotional turmoil of life on the road, painting surrealist, cartoonish portraits of loneliness, love and despair.
These conflicting themes are evident immediately; on the album’s sleeve is an unnerving image of Janet Farrar, the famous British witch, Wiccan, author and teacher of witchcraft. The chilling refrain of opener ‘Into The Sun’ sees Nielson deliver the line “Isolation can put a gun in your hand,” softly, his words starkly intelligible above a warm, slow-burning melody that quickly brands itself onto your brain. His playful imagery (‘I’m so lonely I’ve gotta eat my popcorn all alone’) mirrors the melody, before a solo that borders on psychotropic ends II’s introduction. As it unfolds, ‘II’ does find Nielson reenergized. ‘One At A Time’ and ‘Faded In The Morning’ boast dizzying choruses and instrumentals; these crusty hunks could have been excavated from a lost 1960s treasure trove. ‘Monki’ unravels over seven minutes like the yarn from a stoner’s cardigan with an eye-frying pattern. ‘Dawn’ is a minute of disconcerting noise that stands out between the nooks and crannies of the choruses, guitar solos, groove-heavy bass and drums that were recorded live by newly-recruited drummer Greg Rogove and Kody Nielson in a move away from the electronic percussion employed on album one. ‘II’ closes with ‘Secret Xtians’, a tender observational puzzle that fizzes to a satisfied end.
Pulling Pink Floyd, the Family Stone, The Beatles and the Soft Machine through his warped rock’n’roll filter; Nielson created a collection of expressive, psychedelia. Unknown Mortal Orchestra was once Ruban Nielson’s closeted concern. With an album that uses his singular musical imagination and extraordinary talent to parade his emotions with unyielding honesty, it is now a fully realized band operating at the peak of its powers. – Ben Homewood
(JAG232 released: 02/05/13)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra EP
Label:The Sounds Of Sweet Nothing
Format:Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition
Released:13 Dec 2010
Limited to 300 copies.
Side A plays at 45 rpm and side B plays at 33 rpm.
A1 How Can You Luv Me? 3:28
A2 Nerve Damage! 2:13
B1 Thought Ballune 4:13
B2 Ffunny Ffrends 4:16
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Label:True Panther Sounds
Format:LP, CD, Album, Digipak
1 FFunny FFrends 4:17
2 Bicycle 4:45
3 Thought Ballune 4:10
4 Jello And Juggernauts 3:24
5 How Can You Luv Me 3:28
6 Nerve Damage! 2:15
7 Little Blu House 3:01
8 Strangers Are Strange 2:24
9 Boy Witch 2:25
ARTIST:Unknown Mortal Orchestra
SESSION DATE:Sep 7, 2011
1. Welcome to Daytrotter
2. Jello and Juggernauts
3. Thought Ballune
4. Strangers Are Strange
5. Boy Witch
6. Little Blu House
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – I’ll Come Back 4 U
Series:Adult Swim Singles Program 2012 – 1
Format:File, MP3, Single, 256 kbps
Released:18 Jun 2012
Part 1 of the adult swim singles program 2012
1 I’ll Come Back 4 U 2:59
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) b/w Waves of Confidence
01 Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
02 Waves of Confidence