UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp Soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nuggets-like gems. It's a one-two punch that has caught the ear of hip-hop community heavyweights (?uestlove, El-P, Big Boi) and indie-world heroes (Liars, Toro Y Moi). With bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Riley Geare, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is preparing a full-length for Jagjaguwar in early 2013.

WATCH // UMO Performs Live for OPBmusic

Ruban Nielson stopped by OPBmusic to perform a stripped down version of II standout track, “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).” Can you believe Ruban just acquired an acoustic guitar within the last couple of months? It’s hard for us to. Become mesmerized – stream the song above!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are currently on tour with Foxygen and Wampire, playing Austin’s Mohawk tonight. You can find all their dates HERE.

“Unknown Mortal Orchestra were one of those live acts that could make it feel like an actual orchestra was rampaging through a place. Though there were only three people playing away on stage, their powerful brand of spacey psychedelic rock/pop was impossible to not focus on. The music they played ranged from sing-a-long songs for hallucinogenic drug lovers and people who seek to live out the lyrical scenarios told by Juicy J to material that felt like a condensed version of smoky kraut-rock and jam band grooves.”OC Weekly

HAPPY RELEASE DAY // UMO’s ‘II’ Out Now, Watch the New Video for “So Good At Being In Trouble”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra waste no time in getting you their long-awaited, sophomore album II. The record is available for all your purchasing pleasure at SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, merch tables and your local record stores.

To make today even sweeter, UMO share their new video (the first to accompany the record) for “So Good At Being In Trouble.” You should recognize a couple of familiar faces in the video (hint hint: McLovin). Enjoy the video, directed by Danny Perez, above!

You will want to experience these songs in person. UMO is headed out on tour in support of II. Joining the guys are Foxygen and Wampire. See the full list of shows and ticket links HERE.

Finally >>>> check out the awesome II infographic the fine folks over at The Fader created!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Featured On NPR’s All Songs Considered

Unknown Mortal Orchestra get some lovin’ from NPR Music’s All Songs Considered. Bob and Robin feature the new track “One At A Time” on the new episode.Listen to the podcast.

What do yah know? You can also stream UMO’s II in its entirety at NPR Music. Skip the poppycock and order the album from SC Distribution (available for immediate download).

ALBUM STREAM // UMO’S ‘II’ Playing Now at Hype Machine, May EU/UK Tour Dates Revealed

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II is coming to stores next week, but do not wait that long to hear the new record. Hype Machine just launched their album preview and it is available for streaming on the site or below! You can also now pre-order the album at SC Distribution and download II immediately.

 
In addition to a the album stream, we have a handful of May tour dates to share with you! To satisfy many a request, UMO returns to Europe and all is right in the world; the added shows continue what’s already worked out to be a full season of touring. Dates include ATP Festival, specially curated by TV on the Radio. See all the shows below; tickets go on sale this Friday!

TOUR DATES:
May 1: Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
May 2: Dublin, IE – Academy 2
May 3: Liverpool, UK – The Garage – Liverpool Sound City
May 4: Leeds, UK – Cockpit – Live at Leeds
May 6: Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
May 7: Bristol, UK – Thekla
May 8: Birmingham, UK – Institute – Temple Room
May 10: Camber Sands, UK – ATP Festival curated by TV on the Radio
May 11: Brussels, Belgium – Rotonde – Les Nuits Botanique
May 16: London, UK – Village Underground
May 21: Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Small Hall
May 24: Paris, France – Villette Sonique

From The Sun by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

So Good At Being In Trouble by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

04/26/14
Mecca, CA - Desert Daze

05/03/14
Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest

07/12/14
Lisbon, PT - Optimus Alive

07/27/14
Denver, CO - Underground Music Showcase

08/01/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/02/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/16/14
Mexico City, ME - Ceremonia Festival

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