Review: Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra’s previous albums have mostly been of the lo-fi persuasion, although the band’s pop sensibilities have been peeking out more with every successive release. With Multi-Love, their third, that sensibility breaks out and threatens to take over. It’s bouncy like the 70s and playful like the 80s, the optimism hiding a disconnected feeling inherent in lyrics of songs such as “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”. It leads to some interesting themes, the sort that the music – the pop and the lo-fi sides grappling for supremacy – can’t seem to keep up with. But maybe that is the point. As Multi-Love goes on and the sound gets a bit wearier, the depths of the whole disconnect thing becomes a bit more complicated, a spectrum of extremes suddenly co-existing, barely. This is my way of explaining a complex record. I failed, and perhaps that is the point. [NB] | 4/5

earthings! 2013: My ten favorites of the year

earthings! 2013

Well, that time of the year again, so let’s do what everybody else does and make a yearend list of the best of the year, shall we? But then again, we’re not really a legitimate music blog, so we’re just going small-term by talking about us, us, us. Like last year, this is by no means a representative list of the best music of the past year: these are all, really, my favorite tracks. But it has been an interesting year in music. The girls came out; the dance floor got quiet and merged with hip-hop; and guitar music is, well, still not quite back… but not all that gets a mention. Again, sorted in alphabetical order, my favorites: ten songs that you should soak in while we take a two-week break. We’ll be back on 6 January, unless, of course, surprise gigs get in the way, much like last year. [NB]

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