Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multiinstrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights. “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.” While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre’s touchstones so vital, constant exploration.

Past Shows


May
4
th
2018
Mainroom
May
4
th
2018
Mainroom

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

with Makeness
Jun
8
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club
Jun
8
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

with J Fernandez
Jul
17
th
2012
Mainroom
Jul
17
th
2012
Mainroom

Liars

with Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sep
25
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club
Sep
25
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club

Toro Y Moi

with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Ava Luna

More Shows

Nov
14
th
7th St Entry
canceled

Vagabon

with Angelica Garcia
Feb
21
st
First Avenue

The Driver Era

with The Wrecks
Mar
27
th
Fine Line

The Dip

with Wyatt Waddell
Mar
4
th
7th St Entry

Ratboys

with Ellis and Double Grave