Skip to main content

Album Reviews

Music > Album Review

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
- II

"We may be only two weeks into 2013 but that certainly hasn’t stopped Unknown Mortal Orchestra delivering a serious candidate for the year’s coolest record."

Jan 15th 2013 | Label: Jagjaguwar
We may be only two weeks into 2013 but that certainly hasn't stopped Unknown Mortal Orchestra delivering a serious candidate for the year's coolest record. They may have skimped on the imagination when calling their second album II, but these boys from Oregon more than make up for it with a release that is bursting with creative melodies in pretty much every track. Like their well-received self-titled debut, this sounds like it was recorded in a garage. But each instrument still shines through as the band nicely mash up psychedelic pop with folk, funk and jazz before throwing a serious dose of style into the mix for good measure.

From the outset, it's clear main man Kiwi-born Ruban Nielson is keen to go beyond the hook-driven rock of their debut effort. That's seen on opener From The Sun, which builds from an acoustic line into a mild-mannered pop song that's rounded off with a nifty little jazz guitar solo. First single Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) bounces along before the band turn it down a notch for the cruisy So Good At Being In Trouble. However it's the faster material here that really shines as the band fire off one cool guitar line after another on The Opposite Of Afternoon before swaggering into funky album highlight No Need For A Leader. The seven-minute long Monki has a neat laid-back vibe while Faded In The Morning is the closest they get to really rocking out. The DIY sound here can be a little distracting at first, but ultimately it just adds to the charm of an album that may very well end up in those top ten lists in 12 months' time.


Related Articles

Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter


<span>Chelsea Wilson</span><br />Toff In Town

Chelsea Wilson
Toff In Town

<span>Courtney Love</span><br />Festival Hall

Courtney Love
Festival Hall

<span>Kasabian</span><br />Eatons Hill Hotel

Eatons Hill Hotel

<span>The Stevens</span><br />The Curtin

The Stevens
The Curtin

<span>Sydney Reclink Community Cup 2014</span><br />Henson Park

Sydney Reclink Community Cup 2014
Henson Park

<span>Courtney Love</span><br />Thebarton Theatre

Courtney Love
Thebarton Theatre

<span>James Reyne</span><br />The Enmore

James Reyne
The Enmore

<span>The Aston Shuffle</span><br />Oxford Art Factory

The Aston Shuffle
Oxford Art Factory

<span>Courtney Love</span><br />Metro City

Courtney Love
Metro City

this week's magazine

Digital Version

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014