On The Record: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Portland’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra, born of the blogger and Bandcamp boom of the early ’10s, and creators of the spaciest lo-fi psych are coming in hot to 2018 with a new full-length entitled ‘Sex & Food.’ Judging by the first two singles ‘American Guilt’ and ‘Not In Love We’re Just High,’ UMO’s Ruban Nielson is far from straying away from the aesthetics that make Unknown Mortal Orchestra unmistakably distinct from other artists flying the psych-rock banner. Throughout the band’s evolution, Ruban’s angular, behind the beat, lo-fi delivery as a vocalist still sounds as fresh today as he did when he anonymously dropped ‘Ffunny Ffriends‘ back in 2010. Ruban’s eclecticism shines through in the albums he’s shared today from his record collection ahead of the release of ‘Sex & Food’ in April.
2. Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
This was something I fished out of my parent’s vinyl collection as a tween and I just wore out the grooves on the opening track, Peaches En Regalia. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I recently got a first Australian pressing because I think the mix sounds different. Wanted the closest thing to the old copy my Dad had.