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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Ur Life One Night” Video

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s excellent, funky third album Multi-Love came out earlier this year, and today the band have shared a video for “Ur Life One Night.” UMO frontman Ruban Nielson told Rolling Stone that he was specifically interested in connecting with an Indian director for the project:… More »

By: Caitlin White / 11:20 am

Jackson Boone – “Moonbeam” (Stereogum Premiere)

The soft, billowy sounds of Portland’s Jackson Boone flourished when he joined forces with Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Riley Geare, Radiation City bassist Randy Bemrose, and violinist Patti King. For their second LP together, the quartet spent two weeks recording with friends by the sea, which probably influenced their misty psychedelia. The second single off of… More »

By: Misha Sesar / July 15, 2015 - 10:09 am

Artist Portraits From Bonnaroo 2015

If you didn’t make it down to Bonnaroo, chances are you checked out the livestream that we hosted here on the site, or at least heard about a few special occurrences. Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper joined Earth Wind & Fire onstage, Kacey Musgraves debuted a new single, and Jon Hamm showed up toMore »

By: Stereogum / June 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love

Multi-Love is the first Unknown Mortal Orchestra album that Portland-by-way-of-New-Zealand frontman Ruban Nielson didn’t record entirely alone, and it shows. He feels like isolated here, and the record’s pull towards soul and R&B feels natural after the more insular psychedelia of the first two records. So far, we’re only heard the title track and “Can’tMore »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2015 - 8:51 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”

Funk has sashayed its way back into the forefront of music, and almost no one is incorporating it better than Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Maybe it’s Ruban Nielson’s expansive, plush, porous voice — that I previously praised for its impact on “Multi-Love” — but the enormous grooves on new track “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” seem… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 20, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love” Video

In an interview with Stereogum last month, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson announced that the band will release their third full-length this fall. So far, we’ve only heard the record’s title-track, “Multi-Love,” which is now accompanied by a trippy new video directed by Lionel Williams. In addition to watching the video, you can download a… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015 - 10:13 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We’re officially five full weeks into 2015, so where do we stand (besides shin-deep in gray-curb slush puddles)? From the sounds of this playlist, we might not be standing at all. We could be bounding through aquariums, huddling in storm-wrecked caves, kneeling in funereal cathedrals, feasting in royal courts, or traipsing around the woods. Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 6, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Q&A: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson Explains His Super-Fi, Hard-Edged Multi-Love

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly five years since Ruban Nielson — the mad genius and mastermind behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra — first started mysteriously posting his music on Bandcamp. In the years since, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released two increasingly amazing (and at times totally confounding) full-length records of kaleidoscopic psych-pop that… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / February 5, 2015 - 10:25 am

Third Unknown Mortal Orchestra Album Nearly Complete

We don’t know when, exactly, but the quirked-out New Zealand-via-Portland psych-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra will have a new album for us soon. On Facebook, the band recently updated the world on their progress: “The new album is being mastered right now!” The band’s last album, 2013’s II, won a lot of people over, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 9:06 am

Photos: Pickathon 2014

This past weekend, the 2014 Pickathon Music Festival was held, as always, at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside Portland. Major draws this year included the War On Drugs, Mac DeMarco, X, and People Under The Stairs. We sent photographer Colin McLaughlin to document the festival in pictures. Check out what he… More »

By: Stereogum / August 4, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “SB-01″

Here’s how the Portland-via-New Zealand indie trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra spent their Christmas: Posting a mysterious new 22-minute mostly-ambient instrumental called “SB-01″ to their Bandcamp page. We don’t know much about this one: Whether it announces a bold new direction for the band, whether the title implies that there will be future “SB” tracks, whether… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 26, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra Blue Record EP

Portland/Kiwi combo Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s follow up to January’s sophomore set II is an acoustic EP called Blue Record. (Somebody tell Baroness!) It features spare unplugged versions of their own material plus covers of Beck and — as we heard last month — Dirty Projectors. And while an acoustic record might seem like an odd… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swing Lo Magellan” (Dirty Projectors Cover)

Next month Unknown Mortal Orchestra will release a follow-up EP to this year’s II called Blue Record. The EP will include acoustic versions of album cuts like “Swim & Sleep (Like A Shark)” and “So Good At Being In Trouble,” as well as a cover of Beck’s “Puttin’ It Down” and this take on Dirty… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 10, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2013

In its 12th year, Øya Festival brought another diverse set of artists to Oslo’s Medieval Park over four days last week. Among the performers were Blur, the Knife, Kraftwerk, Kendrick Lamar, Slayer, Beach House, James Blake, Cat Power, Grimes, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Rodriguez, Kvelertak, Disclosure, HAIM, Iceage, Phosphorescent, and many more. Check out… More »

By: Stereogum / August 14, 2013 - 10:45 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble (Black Noi$e Remix)” (Feat. Killer Mike & Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire)

The twitchy Portland/New Zealand skewed-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra aren’t exactly the first indie-pop band you’d expect to line up remixes with guest raps, but it’s happened anyway. The Canadian rap producer Black Noi$e has taken on the band’s lithe and graceful single “So Good At Being In Trouble,” transforming it into a jumped-up synth-ra… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2013 - 11:33 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (Otis Redding Cover)

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… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 13, 2013 - 11:47 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s top clips tended toward the brighter, flipper side of things. Because summer, probably! But before we dive into the quirk and laughs, there’s a short filmic clip by a film director that is somewhat crushing. And then it’s all roses, dancing congregations, and bouncing asses for days. Step this way for a roundu… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 31, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “From The Sun” Video

“From The Sun,” the kick-off cut from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sophomore album II is, like its namesake, bright and warm and feels like it belongs in the opening credits of a movie when the day is just beginning. UMO could have made a video that fit its sonic pleasantries but instead went for a subtle… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 29, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Rà-àkõ-st” (Lindstrøm Cover)

It shouldn’t be expected that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be dolling out new tunes so quickly after the release of their excellent sophomore LP II and a lengthy tour with Foxygen and Wampire in support of it, but here we are. A cover may not necessarily count as new work, but when a rock band… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 24, 2013 - 2:51 pm
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