Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (album review)

by Woody on June 24, 2015


Ed Droste recently tweeted that music reviews that mention an artist’s social profile are pointless or something akin to that. Respectfully I disagree with Ed. While I would never jump on board with a band because I liked their tweets, sometimes they provide a different perspective of what you thought they were about.

Following UMO’s front-man Ruben Nielsen on Twitter is one such experience. He is funny, self-deprecating, political, heartfelt, etc. While Ruben and I are probably not destined to be friends, I do feel like I get a peek into the man’s psyche. And based on the mish-mash of genres throughout Multi-Love, that is an active and fruitful space. Its almost as if Nielsen is trapped in a bubble straining to record a song in just one genre, be it folk, funk or disco. But the confines of the bubble means that he can’t fully commit to one sound. So while a song might be more funk-based, the other genres are always in there somewhere, sometimes subtle as can be. The more and more I listen to UMO, the more and more I am reminded of Beck. Another artist who has boundless influences and who’s creativity knows no boundaries.

The album’s driving force was the ending of poly-amorous relationship. Not your run of the mill breakup album but like most things about UMO, it is unique. Kate Hutchinson of The Guardian wrote a great article on the genesis of the album and what was going on in Nielsen’s head. Multi-Love is one of those albums that just gets better with every listen.

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Jordan June 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

It’s really refreshing to hear something new from a breakup song – they sort of tend to blend together sometimes. Definitely have to check out more of these guys!

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