13 MAY 2014 ~ NZ ARTIST OF THE DAY
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
"If their self-titled debut was any indication of an experiment in funk and garage, UMO’s II delves deeper into the jazz-tinged psychedelia end as guitarist Ruban Nielson’s riffs become a more prominent character alongside his strange, otherworldly vocals. Diverging a long way from The Mint Chicks, his previous power-punk outfit that indulged in two-minute hits of adrenaline, Nielson’s UMO has developed even further with this new collection of personal cuts that explore themes of loneliness and isolation."
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA are a New Zealand-American band currently based out of Portland, Oregon US. Band members include: Ruban Nielson, Jacob Portrait, Riley Geare.
You may know of Ruban Nielson as part of NZ band The Mint Chicks. Earlier this year II was also nominated for NZ 2014 Taite Music Prize, and in 2013 was awarded Best Alternative Album at the NZ Music Awards.
If you are lucky enough to be in the US at the moment, check them out... they are currently touring there!
Check out this music video on youtube for 'So Good At Being In Trouble' on the II album...