New Zealand-born, Portalnd-based indie-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be releasing their sophomore album, simply titled II, on February 5th via Jagjaguwar Records and NPR has got the advance stream for you to hear it in full. Here’s what NPR’s Stephen Thompson has to say about it:
With the accurate if nondescript title II (out Feb. 5), UMO’s second album does make Nielson’s sound a bit grabbier — there’s more of a breezy brightness to it than could be heard on its self-titled predecessor, while several of these songs (most notably “The Opposite of Afternoon”) carry off a strain of soft psychedelic nostalgia. II still traffics in, and thrives on, its air of strangeness and unknowability, but that just makes its moments of shimmery warmth that much sweeter.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra will play at First Unitarian Church on March 1st. Foxygen and Wampire support. Tickets are available here.