Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "That Life"


Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared another new song which gives hope that a new album will soon follow.

Earlier this summer, UMO released the fun and chill "Weekend Run" and have now followed it up with another equally exciting track called "That Life." Ruban Nielson doesn't stray too far from his well-worn path on this one, there is plenty of psych-style guitar with fuzzy, warm tones adding to the texture and making it another trademark track for the group. When commenting on the song, Nielson said:

"I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, “That Life,” I was imaging the same kind of “Where’s Waldo” (or “Where’s Wally” as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun."

UMO's last set of singles were in support of 2018's Sex & Food. The group quickly followed that album with IC-01 Hanoi and has since remixed singles by the likes of Westerman, Soccer Mommy, and Arlo Parks.

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