UMO

During a recent appearance on Mark Riley’s BBC Radio 6 show, Unknown Mortal Orchestra applied the mellow syrup of their current album II to Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.” The synthesis of their sound and the original is so natural that the cover feels only like a slightly tweaked version of Redding’s own, yet somehow wholly new. Check it out below.

II is out now via Jagjaguwar.

Comments (3)
  1. “Yet somehow wholly new”.

    B-. Explain your working.

  2. While I’m a big UMO fan, this cover strikes me as completely unnecessary. There are plenty of more obscure Redding tunes that would be ripe for reinterpretation, but picking his most recognizable song and covering it in such an orthodox way is a waste of time. You can’t out-Otis Otis.

  3. While I’m a big fan of UMO, this cover strikes me as entirely unnecessary. There are plenty of more obscure Redding tracks that would be ripe for reinterpretation, but covering his most recognizable tune in such an orthodox manner is a waste of time. You can’t out-Otis Otis!

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