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As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp Soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nugget-like gems. The band's debut self-titled album was released in June of 2011 on Fat Possum Records. The album quickly received critical acclaim. Pitchfork gave the album an 8.1, describing that with "an expert use of space rare for such a lo-fi record, UMO manages a unique immersive and psychedelic quality without relying on the usual array of bong-ripping effects." It's a one-two punch that has caught the ear of hip-hop community heavyweights (?uestlove, El-P, Big Boi) and indie-world heroes (Liars, Toro Y Moi) alike.
In 2012, Nielson won Best Male Artist at the New Zealand Music Awards. This was followed by the 2013 release of UMO's sophomore album titled II that was received with wide critical acclaim and a performance on the hit TV show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Clash Music rated the album 9 out of 10, saying "from opener ‘From The Sun’, which recalls George Harrison-psychedelia, to the tender Family Stone shuffle of the closing of ‘Secret Xtians’, ‘II’ displays both a glowing warmth in its production and a deft use of space that illuminate Nielson’s superbly crafted compositions.” NME praised Nielson's ability to turn his songs into "works of warm, fuzzy beauty." Having toured with Grizzly Bear and Foxygen and making stops at a number of major European festivals this summer, UMO was also named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW. Don't miss your chance to catch them live and in the flesh this January 21st in Hong Kong!
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