Saturday, March 23, 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II (2013, Jagjaguwar)

This album hit me hard. Though, I really wish my first listen had been after dropping a needle on the platter. A band this steeped in nostalgia deserves the courtesy of analog listening.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra evokes a distinct 70's FM radio aesthetic. Their recording is lo-fi but they've thoroughly mastered that sound. With a classic American psychedelic fuzz and funk vibe, a bit of Shuggie Otis, and a hint of the old Kraut sound a la Guru Guru / Frumpy / Birth Control, they deliver it with the expertise of contemporary revivalists, Dungen.

It should come as no surprise that the mastermind behind this project is a New Zealander. Ruben Nielsen must have been heavily influenced by the famous psych fuzz legacy of his own nation's crucial label, Flying Nun.

UMO - II is heavy yet fun music. Its definitely going to play a part of my upcoming spring / summer rotation. Thanks Catherine db.

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