UN­KNOWN MOR­TAL ORCHES­TRA

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UN­KNOWN MOR­TAL ORCHES­TRA

Jag­jaguwar What be­gan as an un­der-ther­adar off­shoot of Ruban Niel­son’s work with Mint Chicks has flour­ished into a full-on project for the New Zealan­der and his Port­land band­mates. First time out, Un­known Mor­tal Orches­tra hit the right groove with their fuzzy, nos­tal­gic wig-outs (it prob­a­bly helped that fel­low psych-cadets like Tame Im­pala were also in the ether at the time) and there’s really lit­tle change for the sec­ond al­bum. It’s down to the tunes to make a real dif­fer­ence, and there’s plenty to like in how Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) pro­pels it­self on the back of Niel­son’s su­perbly fluid and melodic gui­tar­craft. Else­where you’ll be re­minded of those who pad­dled in th­ese wa­ters be­fore (from 13th Floor El­e­va­tors to Love), though there are de­cent at­tempts ( From the Sun) to avoid merely scan­ning the scrap­yard for em­i­nently recyclable riffs. un­known mor­tal orches­tra.com Down­load: Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark), From the Sun

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