Unknown Mortal Orchestra :: II

“FFunny FFriends” was the peppy Bandcamp track that amassed so much online hype it morphed Ruben Nielson’s bedroom project from an internet mystery into an established, touring band. Yet despite a solid, self-titled LP and loads of acclaim, the first word Nielson sings on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II is “isolation.” The band’s sophomore release, out on Jagjaguwar, sounds similar enough to UMO’s first hits but is permeated with a different, darker kind of unknowable intrigue. “I wish I could swim . . .

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