Three months in advance of its release, Unknown Mortal Orchestra let loose the title track for their new album, Multi-Love. You can hear it via Jagjagwar's soundcloud. If you're already a fan, it will not disappoint.
Multi-Love has got all the elements that made me fall in love with this Portland, by way of New Zealand, three piece late last year. Their signature timeless recording style makes it sound like it could be an obscure 60's track or carefully curated samples cleverly layered into something new. Some might say retro, but it sounds more future to me. Combining elements old and new to create unique and original sounds is about as forward thinking as you can get in my mind. The moody songwriting is as strong as ever and his croon seems to get croonier which each album. It’s crusty, funky and soulful and it appears to be getting even synthier. I love it.
"Multi-Love checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room." Perfect.
To quote frontman Ruben Nielson: "“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator. It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”
For the last year or so, Ruben has been hard at work in his home studio, coming up occasionally to share with us two extended experimental explorations, SB-01, available only for download on Christmas 2013, and SB-02, same deal for 2014. Given the wondrous melodic synth lines and dirty drum heavy rhythms of SB-02 and this new single, I’d say it’s a safe bet this will be one of the best records of 2015.
Multi-Love is being released on May 26 by Jagjagwar. You can preorder now via SCD/Direct. If you're like me, you'll want the deluxe bundle that includes a 12" of both SB-01 and SB-02 for the first time on vinyl, and a cool UMO embroidered patch. Is it just me, or does it seem like a good number of bands are taking better care of their fans these days?