Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released “That Life“, their second single of the year following on from “Weekend Run“. The new single comes alongside an accompanying music video directed by Lydia Fine and Tony Blahd.
The new track binds together the silky guitars of II with the sultry-sexiness of Sex & Food to create the most UMO sounding UMO single possible. Invoking elements of neo-soul on the chorus alongside subtle layers of psychedelia, UMO sound as fresh and funky as ever. Unknown mortal summer is here in full swing.
Speaking on the evolution of the song, frontman Ruban Nielson says:
“I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, That Life, I was imaging the same kind of ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or ‘Where’s Wally’ as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun.”
Watch the new video and listen to the new single below!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have today shared “Weekend Run”, their first new solo material in 3 years. This follows on from Sex & Food and IC-01 Hanoi which were both released in 2018. In the time since the albums UMO have collaborated with the likes of Gorillaz on their Song Machine Season 1 album and The Free Nationals.
Summery chords and a dystopian feel that only Ruban Nielson and co. could bring to this psyched-out disco ballad, UMO are back as strong as ever. The track focuses on Nielson’s move to palm springs after relentless touring behind Sex & Food. “At the end of the day I don’t take for granted that I have the perfect job – I truly work to make music that will set someone’s day right and I think that shines through on Weekend Run” he reflects in a press release.
Mumble Tide, the duo of Gina Leonard and Ryan Rogers have returned with new single “Breakfast”. The new single follows on from the unforgiving “Sucker” released back in May.
Claustrophobic guitars, whimsical vocal lines and an infectious groove opens the tracks hazy beginnings in assured fashion. Slowly progressing through wonky guitar solos and tripped out effects, the track descends into a whirlwind of disorientating synthesisers and hypnotic vocals to create one of the most infatuating soundscape heard this year. This is the band at their peak.
Tel Aviv-based artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, iogi, today shares the title track, “everything’s worth it”, along with an accopmanying music video from his forthcoming album out April 9th, 2021 via Raw Tapes Records (co-founded by Stones Throw’s Rejoicer).
The new track washes over you with an almost serene like bliss, as iogi’s falsetto vocals gently sway over the psychedelic synthesisers. The track continues to build through layers of atmospheric guitars and harmonies to reach staggeringly powerful and yet naturally cool heights.
Speaking on the new track iogi said:
“In many ways, ‘everything’s worth it’ is a natural continuation of the songs from the first album (‘the ceiling’) but with a more sober-minded approach. It is also dealing with changes and disbelief within a relationship, any kind of relationship. The outdoor shots of the sun and the moon were shot by Ben Kirschenbaum in the Negev, a desert near the city in the south of Israel where I grew up.”