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Unknown Mortal Orchestra announce new album, Multi-Love, share title track — listen

on February 05, 2015, 10:50am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra will release its third studio album, Multi-Love, on May 26th via Jagjaguwar Records. Spanning nine tracks, it serves as the follow-up to 2013’s II.

According to a press release, “The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Here, [frontman Ruban] Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where he addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.”

Nielson said the band’s goal was to “rebel against the typical view of what an artist is today,” and instead to play the role of “a curator.” He explained, “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.”

To accompany today’s announcement, UMO has shared the title track/album opener, a genre-smashing blend of off-kilter funk and new wave romanticism that’s clearly reminiscent of 2011’s self-titled debut. Listen in below.

Multi-Love Tracklist:
01. Multi-Love
02. Like Acid Rain
03. Ur Life One Night
04. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
05. Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
06. The World Is Crowded
07. Stage or Screen
08. Necessary Evil
09. Puzzles

In support of the album, UMO will embark on a US tour this June, including an appearance at Bonnaroo. Consult the full schedule below.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra 2015 Tour Dates:
02/22 – Newcastle, UK @ BBC 6 Music Festival
05/07 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
05/09 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
05/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
05/20 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
05/21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
05/22 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick University *
05/23 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
05/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
05/26 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
05/27 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
05/28 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche d’Or
05/29-31 Nîmes, FR @ This is Not a Love Song Festival
05/30 – Barcelona, ES@ Primavera Sound
06/02 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/03 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
06/04 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
06/05 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
06/09 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
06/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
06/11-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
06/14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
06/15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
06/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

* = w/ Django Django

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