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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

June 21, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Fat Possum Records
  • Total Length: 32:29
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  • ASIN: B0053WO0RY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,737 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doug L on July 7, 2011
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is like many new bands in that they seem to be recreating some fictional band in the past, in this case, a garage band from the 70's. But unlike many bands they do it in an otherwise original way. The melodies are long and novel, the vocals are charismatic and the songs are not too complex or too boring. vocals and drums always have a muddy "lo-fi" sound to them. The competent guitar work is crisp and wavering, which, combined with the flowery ornate riffs gives the record a hot glistening feel. The bass is quiet and sometimes hard to hear in keeping with the lo-fi theme, but if you crank up the volume you can feel it in the back as solid part of the music. The songs have an over all 70's pop/soul feel to them, but on closer inspection, the melodies and structure are modern and original. overall the album has consistent songwriting, no songs that sound too similar, no break from the lo-fi aesthetic, no dead spots, and no sad boring songs. the best part is that, even though this album is consistently interesting to listen to, it manages to also create a relaxed atmosphere within each song, not rushing anything. In conclusion, if you can get on board with the fidelity, you will not be bored or saddened by any of the songs, and will likely get parts stuck in your head.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2011
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Ruban Nielson is the singer-songwriter-guitarist who is the driving force behind Unknow Mortal Ochestra. Ths band has built some internet-buzz, and for good reason. UMO is a trio bringing a different twist of indie-music that seems to come from a different age, if not from a different planet. This is their debut album.

The best songs on "Unknown Mortal Orchestra" (9 tracks; 30 min.) are front-loaded, and coincidence or not, are also the longest songs on here. The opening track "Ffunny Friends" (no, not a typo) starts off with an irresistable kick-drum and then immediately gets going with the other 2 band members joing in, it's my favorite tracks on here. The sound is both low-fi and psychedelic-reminding at the same time. It is followed by the urgent "Bycicle" and the up-beat "Thought Ballune", both just great (the latter even featuring some keyboards). Those three songs cover almost half the album's running time. After that, it's just short songs, making a musical point (usually fast and furious, check out the excellent "How Can You Luv Me" as an example) and then moving on. And before you know it, the 30 min. have come and gone and you'll wanna play this album again (and again).

I had the good fortune of catching Unknow Mortal Orchestra in concert just a few weeks ago at the MidPoint Music Festival here in Cincinnati (an under-the-radar 3 day festival that gets better and bigger every year, incidentally). The band brought a tremendous set, in a power-trio setting, sounding loud and hard, just great. Nielson (who looks uncannily like Paul Simon in his younger days) gave it his all, with the occasional shredding guitar solo, just wow. What a show that was. Meanwhile, this album is highly recommended, truly one of the biggest and unexpected surprises for me this year.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Holt on June 27, 2011
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Love love love this disc.

How Can U Love Me - song of THE summer.

These guys have created one of the best lo-fi yet, very tuneful recordings.

It's like something from the future on some weird and wonderful trip backwards in time.

All I can think of is that this is what Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti only wishes they could do.

I look forward to much more from this band.

FYI - iTunes has 2 additional tracks - and the band's website has yet another bonus track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guitarzan on June 5, 2012
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I have to admit, I only found this band while looking through the "You might like" suggestions. The unusual band name and cover photo caught my attention, so I decided to give the sound samples a listen. At first, I wasn't sure what to think of it, but the more I listened, the more I liked what I heard. There is a definite '70's vibe to the songs, but they don't sound dated. It's kind of a modern twist on the '70's sound. The lo-fi sound may annoy some, but I like it...it's kind of like you discovered a long-lost '70's demo album. The sound may intentionally be lo-fi, but the songs are well-crafted and fun to listen to. The songs have a feel-good vibe to them, but they make you feel good without being too sugary-sweet. I look forward to hearing more from these guys, in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TaylorWeitzel on July 12, 2011
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After seeing UMO in Pittsburgh, I went on the hunt for their CD. When I found that it was available for pre-order, I ordered it immediately. The CD did not disappoint. Every song was just as I remembered it live: mind-blowing. If you only want to sample a few songs before buying the album, try "Bicycle", "Jello and Juggernauts" (my personal fav), and "FFunny Ffriends" This is UMO's first release and keep in mind that they are still underground so the quality isn't 100% but the musicianship makes up for it. Also, their sound is quite abstract and distorted in the first place so thats something to think about before you write the album off. Bottom line: buy it. Support incredible and original music while also making your collection a bit cooler in the process.
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