It’s hard to place Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s songs on a timeline: There’s uncertainty baked right into the band’s name, but its sound also shape-shifts frequently through the worlds of brittle indie-pop, Nuggets-era retro psych-rock, vintage soul and something more alien altogether.
Unknow Mortal Orchestra releases its new album, II, on Tuesday, February 5th on Jagjaguwar Records. Originally from New Zealand, UMO is the brainchild of Ruban Nielson and is based out of Portland. Stream the album in its entirety via NPR Music here. Stephen Thompson sums it up: