While recording Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, Sex & Food, Ruban Nielson, his longtime collaborator Jacob Portrait and his brother Kody Nielson, found themselves in the
Vietnamese city of Hanoi at Phu Sa Studios. During the recording process for Sex & Food the band recorded live sessions with local musician Minh Nguyen on Sáo Trúc, Đàn Môi,
and Vietnamese Percussion and Nielson's father, Chris, on Flugelhorn, Saxophone and keyboards. These sessions became IC-01 Hanoi: a sonic distillation of the band's influences in
Jazz, Krautrock and the avant-garde.
At its core Hanoi is a record of exploration, finding its closest antecedent in Miles Davis’ experimental On The Corner – itself a record full of nods toward avant-garde composers and jazz outsiders alike. Hanoi finds Ruban amplifying and stretching out on lead guitar, with a blown-out and wandering fuzz tone that slinks throughout the sessions. The rest of the group match Ruban’s melodic diversions with aplomb, mining their talents and finding as easy a role in the fusion of funk as they do in the more ambient and abstract tangents on Hanoi. IC-01 Hanoi will see release on October 26th 2018 via Jagjaguwar.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra share a new video for album track and single "Hunnybee." From the day their new album Sex & Food was released, it was clear that this beautifully understated song was really hitting a chord with fans in a special way. A live show favorite, the song draws lyrical inspiration from UMO mastermind Ruban Nielson's daughter, whose middle name gave the song its title. The video remains stylistically in tune with previous videos for Sex & Food's previous singles "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays" and "American Guilt." Watch it below.
Following a UK tour which included a mind-blowing sold out set at London’s The Roundhouse, Unknown Mortal Orchestra today announce further UK and Irish shows for November 2018. As well as the previously announced date at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall on the 21st, the tour will now call at dates in Birmingham, Brighton, Sheffield, Dublin and Glasgow. Full dates are listed below with UK shows in bold.
UMO TOUR DATES:
June 6 - Rome, Italy @ Siren Festival Preview
June 8 - Porto, Portugal @ NOS Primavera Sound
June 10 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
July 6 - Richmond, VA @ The National w/ Shamir
July 7 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel w/ Shamir
July 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse w/ Shamir
July 9 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre w/ Shamir
July 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Republic w/ Shamir
July 12 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall w/ Shamir
July 13 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ w/ Shamir
July 14 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater w/ Shamir
July 16 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre w/ Shamir
July 17 - Ogden, UT @ Ogden Amphitheatre w/ Sylvan Esso, Shamir
July 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock w/ Shamir
July 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ Shamir
July 21 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
July 23 - Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat
July 24 - Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
July 26 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
July 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Vans
August 9 - Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
August 10 - Basel, Switzerland @ Open Air Basel
August 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Haven
August 16 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
September 5 - Christchurch, New Zealand @ The Foundry Bar
September 6 - Dunedin, New Zealand @ Glenroy Auditorium
September 7 - Wellington, New Zealand @ Hunter Lounge
September 8 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Auckland Town Hall
September 12 - Melbourne, Australia @ Forum Theatre
September 14 - Adelaide, Australia @ Fat Controller
September 15 - South Brisbane, Australia @ Brisbane Festival
September 16 - Newtown, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
September 18 - Perth, Australia @ Badlands
September 23 - Tokyo, Japan @ WWWX
October 4 - Guadalajara, Mexico @ C3 Stage
October 6 - Lomas Atlas, Mexico @ Festival Hipnosis @ Deportivo Lomas Atlas
November 19 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
November 21 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
November 22 - Brighton,UK @ Concorde 2
November 23 - Sheffield,UK @ The Leadmill
November 25 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy
November 26 - Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra releases the roomy-disco medication-meditation, "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays". The third track to be shared from his forthcoming album, Sex & Food, released on 6th April 2018 via Jagjaguwar, is perhaps his most straightforward dance song yet.The track was leaked early to fans who pre-ordered Sex & Food via a mysterious package that arrived last Thursday.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the mastermind of the New Zealand-born, Portland, Oregon-based musician Ruban Nielson, today also announces a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 21st November 2018. Tickets are on pre-sale tomorrow and on general sale on Thursday at 9am here. The London show at The Roundhouse on 24th May 2018 is now sold out, two months upfront of the date. The band will also play live in Bristol, Manchester and Leeds in May, and have multiple European shows as well as an extensive North American run. Full live dates are listed below.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra returns to the world with a new song and a bounty of tour dates that span the globe. There will be 4 UK shows with a London date at The Roundhouse on May 24th 2018. The new song, "American Guilt," hints at more new material to come, while the dates indicate that this will be a busy year for the band. Tickets for the new dates go on sale Friday January 26th at 10AM local time.