Unknown Mortal Orchestra have unleashed their luxurious new effort, ‘That Life’.
The soulful single is laden with gravitating hooks which frontman Ruban Neilson sensually delivers in his trademark way. It’s the group’s second single from their forthcoming new album following ‘Weekend Run’. Although the record is yet to be announced, this run of new material suggests that Unknown Mortal Orchestra won’t keep us waiting for too long in a state of anticipation.
Both releases have been cheerful, melodic gems that see Unknown Mortal Orchestra return to celebrating the colourful side of their sound once more after getting gloomy on their 2018 album, Sex & Food.
Their last record was somewhat of a mixed bag, but UMO are back in the sunny sonic location that suits them down to a tee, and on ‘That Life’, they reignite the sound that made their 2015 break-out album Multi-Love so irresistible.
Commenting on the new effort, Neilson said: “I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell.
“When I was writing this song, That Life, I was imaging the same kind of ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or ‘Where’s Wally’ as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun.”
After Sex & Food, I’ll admit that I was hardly pining for a new album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. However, ‘That Life’ has changed my feelings on the matter and rekindled my interest.
The new effort is a divine summer anthem that is the perfect accompaniment whether you’re driving down a highway in the blazing sun or stoned in the park. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are back and sounding as opulent as ever.