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UN­KNOWN MOR­TAL ORCHES­TRA

Multi-Love ★★★

Jag­jaguwar

It’s not of­ten that you’ll hear an al­bum in­spired by polyamory, but Un­known Mor­tal Orches­tra have al­ways been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Their third al­bum was writ­ten af­ter Ruban Niel­son and his wife de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with the same woman; so far, so un­usual. The mu­si­cal con­coc­tion is just as in­trigu­ing and even less eas­ily de­fin­able, from the warped psych-funk basslines of Like Acid Rain and The World Is Crowded to the hip-shim­my­ing, lo-fi soul of Nec­es­sary Evil. Niel­son’s self- in­dul­gence some­times gets the bet­ter of him, re­sult­ing in a pre­ten­tious melange of half- baked ideas. Mostly, how­ever, there are enough hid­den depths and mys­te­ri­ous lyrics to keep the lis­tener ten­ta­tively en­grossed. un­known­mor­talorches­tra.com

LAU­REN MUR­PHY

SUM­MER CAMP

Bad Love ★★★

Moshi Moshi

Ar­che­typal boy/girl mu­sic acts are show­ing no sign of go­ing out of fash­ion, but whether it’s due to the con­tra har­monies or the per­ceived sex­ual fris­son is open to de­bate. Lon­don-based mar­ried cou­ple Jeremy Warm­s­ley and El­iz­a­beth Sankey make no bones as to what side of the ar­gu­ment they’re on. Yet while the lyri­cal in­ter­play here teases with tales of mu­tual re­gard and the pit­falls of in­tra-band re­la­tion­ships, it’s the songs that get you time af­ter time. In­fused with a love of Amer­i­can pop/punk, tracks such as You’re Gone, Sleep­walk­ing, Hori­zon, Drive Past My House and Ever­last­ing blend a cer­tain kind of naivete with a sure-foot­ed­ness that re­flects the fact that this is Sum­mer Camp’s third stu­dio al­bum. It’s a pity Ire­land isn’t built for year-round skate parks and drive-ins – Bad Love could sound­track them all. wear­e­sum­mer­camp.com

TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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