Unknown Mortal Orchestra, J Fernandez | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, J Fernandez 18+ Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., June 6, 10 p.m. 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra lit up the indie sphere a few years back with a sweetly debonair, hyperaccessible blend of psych, pop, rock, and hip-hop. A pair of jams from the Portland band’s 2011 self-titled debut, “Ffunny Ffrends” and “How Can You Luv Me,” contain all the carefree magic of summertime. The tunes sound like they come from a world where 60s pop is being churned out by modern-day technological conveniences. Not only does UMO pull off each song with a robotlike precision but they do so by running everything through what sounds like a damaged four-track recorder. After busting out the decent but unmemorable II in 2013, UMO have regained their grasp on lighter-than-air pure joy with the new and delightful Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar). On the best tracks they submerge heady psych-pop in a Jacuzzi bubbling with old school R&B, soul, and funk, letting a feel-good essence sink into the tracks’ pores. Even a cut like the doleful “World Is Crowded” glides along thanks to Ruban Nielson’s unearthly falsetto, a chic bass groove, and one hell of a horn melody. —Leor Galil

Price: sold out

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