Hey guys, it's Matty, if you haven't noticed, I haven't put up a new Album of the Week for almost three weeks now, well, this is due to me being busy with school and such, so I need your help.
I want to have a reoccurring cast of people to do AotW, maybe like 3 or 4 people (including me), to post the new AotW every week. So if you wanna join, post in here or send me a PM.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s style almost like a pleasant pop of melodic guitar phrasing, Lennon-like vocals, a haze of noise and above all, fucking catchy ass music.
The band is like many new bands nowadays in that they seem to be recreating some fictional band from the past, in UMOs case, some garage band from the 70's.
I'd say It took about 2 months. Owned Unknown Mortal Orchestras first album 2 months before those grity, mucky produced sonic chicken nuggets wormed their way into my brain and have remained since. Obv thought Ballune', `FFunny FFriends' and `How Can U Luv Me' were instant classics, and made there way onto the 5 star hall of shame. But tracks like `Nerve Damage!', `Little Blu House', and `Strangers Are Strange' took more time. They needed to sit in the brain a bit longer before their full flavor could be appreciated. But once their lo-fi beauty blossomed they became staples of my musical diet. So last fall when I heard `Swim and Sleep(Like a Shark)' I felt this new UMO album could be one of the best of 2013.
and so far it is
"Isolation can put a gun in your hand" the first fucking thing that comes out of Ruban Nielson's mouth on ll, sets the mood for this release that doesn't suffer from any sort of bore.
You get the feeling in his music that Nielson chills in solitude's dark waters often. It seems to be part of his process. Without the loneliness UMO wouldn't be UMO. The isolation allows this artist to create the way he creates. Sure this isn't the healthiest way to exist, but some of the best artists live a life of solitude so they can hear the songs clearly in their heads. Regardless, the album showcases everything Ruban Nielson carries in his soul.
`So Good At Being In Trouble'
Fucking Curtis Mayfield could've made the track into a soul staple back in the day.
UMO hinted at this sort of groove on the last album, but here Nielson jumps in head first. He's created a genre unto itself indie psych soul nigga -bow on the fly.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Ruban Nielson continue the trend of solid songwriting. His murky production continues to win me over. I love every track on this album and it is my favorite of 2013 so far.