It’s been a very big year for Unknown Mortal Orchestra including the release of their LP, II, a performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in February, and they just finished up a huge summer tour!
This month sees the release of UMO‘s Blue Record, an acoustic album expanding on II.
Speaking on the new EP, frontman/guitarist Ruban Nielson said, “I only started playing the acoustic guitar last year. I’d always preferred the idea that the guitar converts a sound into voltage and then becomes really loud. I thought the acoustic guitar was a little bit too twee for me or something. But after being offered some opportunities to play various acoustic sessions to promote the new record, in situations where it wasn’t possible to record the whole band, I decided to treat it like a challenge to try and play acoustic and not have it be lame. After all I was really into Arthur Lee’s ability with an acoustic and started wondering if I could make it sound convincing. Anyway, after being somewhat forced to develop some skill on the acoustic through these various radio sessions and things like that I decided to record some songs acoustically and release them since people seemed to be liking the way I was doing it. Everything was recorded straight to tape in my basement with a one mic set up.”
Have a listen to one of the tracks off of the Blue Record here – a cover of Dirty Projector’s ‘Swing Lo Magellan.’