Boomkat Product Review:
Portland-via New Zealand might seem like quite a long way to go in search of the perfect sound, but it seems to have paid off for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. A gleefully psychedelic mix of early Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine with just enough West Coast transistor radio rock ‘n roll thrown in for good measure, Nielson has a sound few others are trawling right now, and it works in his favour. There’s nothing pretentious about these songs, and in a couple of minutes he manages to get more heart and soul across than most bands manage in an entire record. Maybe we’re just suckers for the unashamedly vintage production; every guitar note and drum hit sounds like it’s been recorded on tape that’s been in a damp storage closet since 1965, and as regular readers will know that’s no bad thing at all. Pop, with a twist of something uncharacteristically weird – who’d have thought?