Leigh MichaelWednesday,13 February 2013

The Snap:

Last week, Unknown Mortal Orchestra released their second album, II. The band has been getting a lot of coverage for their eclectic sound, which seems to defy genres.

UMO also debuted a music video for “So Good At Being in Trouble,” starring Superbad’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse, which you can watch below. It was filmed by the talented Danny Perez, who has collaborated with Animal Collective in the past.

The Download:

We’ve got good music, and we’ve got McLovin’. Basically, there was no way that Unknown Mortal Orchestra was going to go wrong with their video for “So Good at Being in Trouble.” This song is just the tip of the iceberg, though — II is a must-have addition to your music collection in preparation for the sunny spring days (goodbye, Nemo) ahead.

UMO had an interesting start. Lead singer Ruban Nielson released ”Ffunny Ffrends” anonymously on Bandcamp. The song really took off – and people were desperate to discover who was behind the music. So, the Portland-based band came out to the public eye and Unknown Mortal Orchestra was born.

The band has a light, poppy vibe that feels like it would get a lot of playtime at the beach. If you like lo-fi stuff, you’re going to like these guys. NPR showcased UMO as a part of its “First Listen” series, and I would encourage you to check them out (“Faded in the Morning” is a personal favorite).

Also, the “So Good at Being in Trouble” video seems to define what Unknown Mortal Orchestra represents as a band. They’re experimental, mixing a whole bunch of different elements to create a musical cocktail. And it’s tasty to the ears.

Hat Tips:

SoundCloud, NPR, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Image Credit: Flickr

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