By Ian Bremner

Towards the end of May, Unknown Mortal Orchestra released their 4th full-length and funky album, Multi-Love. It would be near impossible if you haven’t heard from them since then. The name alone is hard to ignore-UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, but you have seen their name on festival bills, tour schedules and record shop window displays (pictured: Sonic Boom in Ballard, Seattle)unnamed[1]

Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson is at the forefront, and the UMO sound is the highlight, but this record features new ideas with a newborn love of synthesizers to add a funkier, trippier element.

The whole album flows easily, but the highlights are the opening title track, Multi-Love and the 2nd single, Can’t Keep Checking My Phone.

Look out for UMO on the road this summer/fall, including Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party

Mon. June 15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Tue. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. June 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Sun. June 21 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow
Thu. July 23 — Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
Fri. July 24 – Sun. July 26 — Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
Sun. July 26 — Vancouver, CA @ Imperial
Tue. July 28 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Wed. July 29 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri. July 31 — Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sat. Aug. 1 — Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Reporter Block Party
Sun. Aug. 2 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Mon. Aug. 3 — Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Wed. Aug. 5 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Thu. Aug. 6 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Sat. Aug. 8 — San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
Sun. Aug. 23— Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival

Listen to Can’t Keep Checking My Phone via soundcloud

Watch the official video for Multi-Love

Listen to Multi-Love in Full via Spotify