UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA GO ACOUSTIC ON BLUE RECORD EP

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA GO ACOUSTIC ON BLUE RECORD EP

Joe GransingerFriday,1 November 2013

The Snap:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, typically known for their trippy psychedelic rock, have released Blue Record, their all acoustic 5-track EP. The group covers their own hits – Swim and Sleep, Faded in the Morning, and So Good at Being in Trouble – as well as songs by Beck and Dirty Projectors.

The entire EP can be streamed at KRCW, or purchased individually on iTunes.

The Download:

Originally, I was skeptical of an Unknown Mortal Orchestra acoustic album. The band typically relies on smooth rhythms and synths to produce their music, and removing those for a 15-minute genre-jump seemed like a recipe for disaster.

Fortunately, I was wrong.

The beginning of the EP kicks off with UMO covering two of their own songs – Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) and Faded in the Morning. Both are good covers and make for excellent acoustic songs, keeping the noticeable licks and melodies from the originals, while managing to mellow everything out into a simpler style.

So Good at Being in Trouble is the standout from the EP, translating ridiculously well into an acoustic adaptation. While the cover is still very much like the original, it’s good enough to make you wonder if the song should have been done in this format all along.

The record finishes off with the bands interpretations of Dirty Projectors’ “Swing Lo Magellan” and Beck’s “Puttin’ It Down”. Both covers are decent additions to the record, but aren’t quite as catchy or clean as the originals. Swing Lo Magellan loses the comforting vibe that made the song so loveable, and Puttin’ It Down doesn’t quite capture the same effect as that Beck does.

Blue Record is a very calming fifteen minutes of music, and while nothing is going to urge you to press ‘next’ and skip a song, I would’ve loved to see the last two tracks replaced with more of their own covers.

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