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Portland, Oregon, USA (2010 – present)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra first dropped into the world in late 2010 as a bandcamp account carrying a single called ‘Ffunny Ffrends’.

‘Ffunny Ffrends’ was everything you imagined it might be – alien beatnik pop music that echoed 60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism with just a hint of gentle weirdness that suggested its roots might equally lie in the verdant indie of the equally distant New Zealand scene.

Ruban Nielson is a New Zealand native who had transplanted to Portland, Oregon, USA with his band The Mint Chicks. UMO was a project conceived as Ruban’s escape hatch to a new musical dimension where his vision of junkshop record collector pop could be realized in a sound that recalled Captain Beefheart, Sly Stone and RZA jamming on some kids TV theme too dark to ever be broadcast.

The eponymous UMO debut album was released in 2011 on Fat Possum Records, followed by II (2013) and Multi-Love (2015).


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  • atwarwithdusk

    New album's growing on me, it's fantastic and truly an UMO record. Favorite band at the moment

    22 May 6:06pm Reply
  • MrVida

    Damn. Loved the first two records, and this one is also fucking amazing. Hot Chip-esque wibe

    16 May 10:58pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    Maybe it's because I just listen to that banger of Hot Chip's new record, but I also hear alot of them in this UMO record.

    15 May 2:45am Reply
  • R-Mac

    the new album is fuckwitable. they are really coming into their own *patrick bateman voice*

    14 May 2:54am Reply
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    6 May 2:18pm Reply
  • marcioclash

    so good ♥

    6 May 12:50am Reply
  • adamzZz

    i've never been into their music too much but the new singles are beyond amazing

    3 May 8:21pm Reply
  • c0c0butter

    killa new songs

    3 May 11:49am Reply
  • NGustavo

    Ooooooh the world is crowded

    2 May 4:36pm Reply
  • vboechat

    1 May 6:56am Reply
  • cthomas2

    new album gets better with every listen. they're so good, man

    30 Apr 5:19pm Reply
  • ianrappp

    sick new album

    27 Apr 4:57pm Reply
  • heyman010

    I'm loving the new album!

    26 Apr 11:38pm Reply
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    26 Apr 9:22pm Reply
  • Confessions87

    New album is great. There's a consistency to all their releases and a fine line between how they are gradually evolving. I like that patient, albeit bold, progression in new bands.

    26 Apr 10:45am Reply
  • GreenKamo

    Been relistening to the debut this past month to hype myself up for the new record. Now that I've heard it, I'm blown away by how good it is. Very different from the first album stylistically. I love the R&B sound, they always hinted at it with songs like How Can U Luv Me and I'll Come Back 4 U. This new album embraces it, and it really pays off. I think I'll have Multi-Love on rotation for a long time

    26 Apr 5:08am Reply
  • whitemasses

    26 Apr 3:29am Reply
  • Primitive3D

    To me, their best is still the first one.

    25 Apr 10:13pm Reply
  • goodheaven

    can't keep checking my phone is just <3333

    23 Apr 3:55am Reply
  • david_mania

    I love when albums just get better with each listen :)

    22 Apr 3:00am Reply
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