ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘II’

by Hannah Galvin

Although we’ve had a taste of UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA’s first single, ‘Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)’, we can now be completely satisfied as our Ffunny Ffrends have announced the release of their sophomore record, II.

The former Mint Chicks member, Ruban Nielson, created UMO as a bedroom project completely under wraps. After he broke free of it’s anonymity, he put a band together, got signed to Jagjaguwar and toured his psychedelic, funked up soul infused tunes with Grizzly Bear and Liars around the US.

In 2011, the band released their first record and was received extremely well, considering it’s brave entrance into the music world as they take on rock’n’roll in a rather intoxicating, exaggerated light.

As a follow up to this debut release, II was conceived. Written whilst the band were on tour, the new album explores the emotional disorder of what life is like on the road. Through Nielson’s psychedelic craftsmanship, we as an audience are presented with a surrealist viewpoint of love, loneliness and disparity.


If you’re familiar with the concoction of fruity guitars, raw vocals and lo-fi execution evidently displayed through the debut, self-titled record, expect more of it carried over into II. According to Inertia, it “builds on the break-beat, junk shop charm” that Nielson came to be musically known for through UMO’s first record.


To be released on Jagjaguwar through Intertia, look out for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II from Friday, 1st February 2013!

Published on Purple Sneakers.