Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Swim And Sleep (Like A Sharp)

With the continual stream of bands making music that sounds like it should have been released in the 1970s not looking to run dry, it looks like most of the harshest lo-fi critics have just come to accept that this style of pop music is here to stay. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are certainly one of those bands who don't necessarily belong in this decade, but have such undeniably hummable tunes, there's not much to complain about.

This track taken from a forthcoming tour only 7" is just as melodic and vibrant as the tuneful songs they hammered out on their much loved eponymous debut last year. The guitar riff treads the line of Real Estate's meandering dream pop, while frontman Ruban Nielson's vocals come across more wistful and comforting than they perhaps did before when talking about his ffunny ffriends. It's not a progression, but UMO deliver the goods once again, forecasting promising signs for their forthcoming second LP.

Toby McCarron

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