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Last Friday UMO and Jackson Scott took their tour together out to Brooklyn, rocking the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Jackson Scott kicked things off with a punk-minded set that transformed the songs off his debut album Melbourne into heavier, fuzzier rock affairs. He’s only 20-years-old and has some work to do on his live show, but there’s undeniable potential that is just waiting to be unleashed from Scott. Keep an ear out for him. Melbourne is out now via Fat Possum.

I’ve caught bits of UMO’s shows before, but never a full set. So it felt good knowing I could finally get to see a full show from them. You really get to appreciate how talented of a guitarist Ruban Nielson is live. He graciously rips into slick guitar solos like its nothing, giving his songs an extension of life that take them to entirely different levels. All the songs of his new album II as well as his debut s/t sounded even funkier with a sexy r&b influence sprinkled throughout. They are a band meant to be seen live, letting all your senses just get lost in the undeniable groove.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announce New Album: II

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2012

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced a new album titled II. The album was written during the band’s tough touring period, illustrating “the emotional turmoil of life on the road, painting surrealist, cartoonish portraits of loneliness, love and despair.

We already heard one song from the album: “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)”. The album features 10 songs, and will come out via Jagjaguwar on February 5.

That’s the artwork above. Find the tracklist below.
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[new]: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have just signed with  Jagjaguwar, and plan to release a new album with them early next year. To celebrate, the band have released “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)”, a new song that will appear on the album.

It’s a graceful affair where the band hit their stride, sounding like they are floating through a lovely dream that has no right to end. The band still keeps their psych-minded elements, but slow things down to a chill-to-the-bone pace. I am having a great time listening to this one.

They are currently on tour with Grizzly Bear. Find their full set of tour dates below.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Pitchfork Music Festival (July 15, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Unknown Mortal Orchestra provided plenty of ample guitar layers, fuzz, and bounce that was a hell of a good way to kick off the day. They lived up to the playful goodness of their recordings, making the heat a little more bearable. Although the heat was pretty unbearable, I made the most of it because they put on a very chill set that was impossible to deny.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune

By Will Oliver, November 27th 2010

The first release from new UK label The Sounds Of Sweet Nothing is an EP from the mysterious Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Not much is known about them other than that they’re from Portland, Oregon. Their s/t debut EP features 4 fantastic songs that so effortlessly capture the heart and soul of multiple genres.

Below you can snag “Thought Ballune”, one of my favorite jams from the EP. It’s a funky drugged up jam that has 70s psychedelic dripping from every pore.

[mp3]: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune

If you like what you hear, the EP is available for pre-order right now. It’s a promising look at what the band can do. The whole EP is available to preview below:

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