Unknown Mortal Orchestra first dropped into the world in late 2010 as
a bandcamp account carrying a single called ‘Ffunny Ffrends’.
‘Ffunny Ffrends’ was everything you imagined it might be – alien
beatnik pop music that echoed 60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism
with just a hint of gentle weirdness that suggested its roots might
equally lie in the verdant indie of the equally distant New Zealand
Ruban Nielson is a New Zealand native who had transplanted to
Portland, Oregon with his band Mint Chicks. UMO was a project conceived
as Ruban’s escape hatch to a new musical dimension where his vision of
junkshop record collector pop could be realized in a sound that recalled
Captain Beefheart, Sly Stone and RZA jamming on some kids TV theme too
dark to ever be broadcast.
Out of the home studio, Ruban was joined by local Portland producer
Jake Portrait on bass and teenage prodigy Julien Ehrlich on drums. They
have been on the road all year, sleeping in ditches and running
drunkenly from venues when needs be, curling ears and turning heads with
their intoxicating sound all the way." - Fat Possum Records
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 30 June, 2011.