Single Review – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – American Guilt

One of New Zealand’s quality acts return with their first original material since 2016 as Unknown Mortal Orchestra unleash ‘American Guilt’. Ruban Nielson’s group has meandered between Psychedelia to Electronica amongst hints of other sounds, making it sound oh so natural in whatever sound they’re wearing at the time. Their new single ramps up the typical mild lo-if sound to fuzzy, distorted whirring with Ruban’s creaking vocals cutting through to the centre of the sound. It evokes all of that Desert Rock imagery and though immaculate in its delivery; it is a well worn sound and you imagine one that can only serve them a finite amount. It does show that can tangle with a bulkier, heavier sound, it this is not an album defining song so you’d imagine there’s more to come.

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem

New Zealand’s premier Psych-Rock outfit, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released their first new material less than a year since their last album Multi-Love. The track was recorded during a break in touring for the album and ‘First World Problem’ would fit neatly into their last LP, it already shows sings of development in the groups sound. The track is sharper and cleaner with minimal beats and synth chords. This sound is accentuated by a slick falsetto from Ruban Nielson and along with a keen and familiar groove, the song is well composed and produced track. It shows that nothing can get in the way of creativity, not even a tour.

Owen Riddle