Unknown Mortal Orchestra cover Beck, Dirty Projectors on acoustic EP – listen

The 'Blue Record' follows their second album 'II' which was released earlier this year

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have covered both Beck and Dirty Projectors on their new acoustic EP.

The five-track ‘Blue Record’ features versions of Beck’s ‘Puttin’ It Down’ and Dirty Projectors’ ‘Swing Lo Magellan’, the latter of which you can hear below. The EP will be available from October 29 as part of an expanded version of the band’s most recent album, ‘II’. Vinyl versions can be bought from shows on the group’s forthcoming tour of the United States. The original versions of the other three songs on the release can be found on ‘II’.

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Speaking about the release, the band’s singer and songwriter, Ruban Nielson, said the EP was recorded straight to tape in his basement. He added: “After recording three songs from ‘II’ I started thinking about doing some other songs that I like. I thought that I’d do an old song I’d always liked even when I was a kid and a new song that I’ve been listening to a lot recently. The old song is ‘Puttin It Down’ by Beck. It’s on the album ‘Stereopathic Soulmanure’ and I always loved the lyrics. So funny and so sad. To me this song is super real. The new song is ‘Swing Lo Magellan’ from the album of the same name by Dirty Projectors. I like how this band who kind of specialise in melting brains leaned on pure melody on that album. The more I listened to it the more I realised how strong this melody was. I found myself listening to it a lot. It reminds me of Velvet Underground or ‘Transformer’ era Lou Reed for some reason.”

The ‘Blue Record’ tracklisting is:

‘Swim & Sleep (Like A Shark)’
‘Faded In The Morning’
‘So Good at Being in Trouble’
‘Swing Lo Magellan’
‘Puttin’ It Down’


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