Stream: Hear Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new album ‘II’ on Rdio
The new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ‘II’, is due for release on Jagjaguwar on Friday 1st February. Hear the album in full today thanks to streaming service Rdio.
The musical vision of former Mint Chicks member Ruban Nielson, UMO started as an anonymous home-recording project that fused psychedelia, soul, choppy percussion and funk. The band 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 a new drummer, Greg Rogove (in addition to longtime bassist Jacob Portrait), 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.
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 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.
Head to Rdio to stream the album.
‘II’ is due out February 1st on Jagjaguwar through Inertia