With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
With only the teasing release of gritty, fuzzy single ‘American Guilt’ as an indicator for the upcoming release, on top of a more than eclectic back catalogue, it was anybody’s guess as to what other sounds Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s fourth record would be delivering. Yet, the extensive creative brain power of Ruben Nielson has shown very little bounds as Sex & Food provides evidence for, with influences and imprints taken from a range of genres and styles. Although his stample sound of pop-tinted psychedelia is threaded throughout each track, with vocals dripped in the same futuristic reverberated effects in each, there’s notably also some recurrent funky bass lines and shimmering melodies reminiscent of disco in ‘Hunnybee’ as well as some slow, ballad-like 80s style organ use in ‘Not in Love We’re Just High’. UMO has created a record that’s the audio embodiment of a psychedelic-tinged disco ball.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra headline Leeds’ World Island Festival on Sunday 27th May.
Image courtesy of Neil Krug.
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