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Album Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Unknown Mortal Orchestra'

A scruffy blend of shuffling funk and psych nostalgia

Most people sleep in their bedrooms. Some, like Ruban Nielson, create genius albums in them. The Portland-based Kiwi’s confessed ‘hobby’ is almost unwillingly accomplished, a scruffy blend of shuffling funk and psych nostalgia that feels a lot more right than it should. Even the Dictaphone-style production works, giving this debut a Haunted Graffiti-esque mugginess, clipping the claws of the guitar hooks. Nielson probably didn’t know what he was getting into when he started UMO and is probably still figuring it out now. If that means more sleepless nights for him, all the better for us.

Neil Condron
8 / 10

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