I haven't heard enough Unknown Mortal Orchestra to really formulate an opinion about them, but "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)," the A-side to their upcoming 2-song single release, grabbed me when I first listened to it. It's admittedly an "indie is the new pop" kind of track that's laced with college daze. It's the type of song someone would be "enchanted with" as opposed to "really dig" or "fucking love." Still, though, its gentle use of anti-clarity and the R.E.M.-lite melodic touches is engaging.
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UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA SIGNS TO JAGJAGUWAR
SHARES NEW SINGLE "SWIM AND SLEEP (LIKE A SHARK)" VIA FADER
ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES WITH GRIZZLY BEAR + TOUR-ONLY 7"
As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nuggets-like gems. With bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Greg Rogrove, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is preparing a full-length for Jagjaguwar in early 2013. In the meantime, the band have a number of upcoming North American tour dates, including an East Coast run with Grizzly Bear.
To celebrate news of their signing and the launch of their tour with Grizzly Bear, the band has shared a first taste from the new album. The song, "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)," is a bittersweet romp with melodies more delicate than most approaching the genre would dare. It's b-side, the 7"-only "Waves of Confidence," is slow-grind sizzurp psych that, by its end, has built and layered to transcendent heights. This limited 7-inch will be exclusively available at UMO's tour with Grizzly Bear in September. Check it out along with all upcoming tour dates below.
STREAM: "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)" - http://youtu.be/NSNHofCE4rg
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
"SWIM AND SLEEP (LIKE A SHARK)" B/W "WAVES OF CONFIDENCE"
09/18 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN w/ Grizzly Bear
09/20 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/21 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/22 - Orpheum Theater - Boston, MA w/ Grizzly Bear
09/23 - Olympia de Montreal - Montreal, QC w/ Grizzly Bear
09/24 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY w/ Grizzly Bear
09/26 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON w/ Grizzly Bear
09/28 - Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
09/29 - Pygmalion Music Festival - Champaign, IL
09/30 - The Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI w/ Dirty Projectors
10/01- Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
10/02- Annabell's Bar and Lounge - Akron, OH
10/03 - Metropolitan Kitchen - Annapolis, MD
10/05 - Taix - Los Angeles, CA
10/12 - Campestre Don Juan - Cholula, Mexico
10/13 - Corona Capital Festival - Mexico City, Mexico
12/28 - Rhythm and Alps Festival - Christchurch, NZ
12/30 - Pyramid Rock Festival - Phillip Island, Australia
12/31 - Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival - Peats Ridge, Australia
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