Unknown Mortal Orchestra just released the second amazing single, ‘Can’t Keep On Checking My Phone’ off their upcoming album, Multi-Love. A few bars in you realize you’re going to be listening to a different kind of Unknown Mortal Orchestra album. Not entirely unfamiliar, but a natural evolution that is extremely creative and more experimental. The production, instrumentation and groove all feel upgraded which was Ruban Nielsen’s (UMO’s founding father) intention. He explains in an interview with Stereogum, “I had to upgrade some of the stuff I was using just to keep myself interested and curious, and I’d learned how to fix and build a lot of stuff in my studio. I had this idea of trying to make this super-fi album using the same process as the other albums. The same process, but employed to make a different texture. A super-fi texture instead of a lo-fi texture.”
In addition to using new equipment, Ruban also collaborated more on Multi-Love. Previously, he wrote and recorded most of the material by himself, but on Multi-Love he enlisted the help of his brother Kody and UMO bandmake Jake. Ruban explains, “Working alone is fun, but I get stir crazy and need a fresh perspective every now and then. I’m trying to learn how to collaborate.” He goes onto say that Kody “came out to Portland for five weeks around March and played drums and keyboards on most of the record and collaborated on some of the songs” and that Jake recorded and produced vocals on a few songs.
Multi-Love is full of infectious grooves and I’m completely enthralled by it. It’ll probably be the only album I listen to for the next few days. Be sure to buy the record when it comes out on May 26th.
Listen to the second single released called, ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’…
Listen to the first single released called, ‘Multi-Love’…
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