a playlist for someone who i hope will realize someday how beautiful they are
multi-love - unknown mortal orchestra the only one - the black keys keep on lying - tame impala the chase - future islands i follow you - melody’s echo chamber derka blues - the growlers i think you’re really beautiful - starry cat pepsi/coke suicide - elvis depressedly no other heart - mac demarco sometimes - beach fossils i wanna be a witch - julia brown i don’t want to get over you - the magnetic fields ooo - karen o
01. 1998 (Delicious) - Peace 02. Elegant Design - Pond 03. Heavy Horse - Jacuzzi Boys 04. 1963 - Heavy Beach 05. No Need For A Leader - Unknown Mortal Orchestra 06. Animals - The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger 07. Ivy Covered House - Ducktails 08. Do You Remember - The Horrors
Are you obsessed with Unknown Mortal Orchestra? Maybe you’ve
heard their catchy and dance-y track, “Multi-Love,” on the fifth episode of Live
at 9:30? Whatever your level of familiarity with the band, definitely check
out their new single, “SB-04,” if you’re in the mood for a spacey,
classical-sounding, and earthy track. Oh, and not to mention, it clocks in at
an astonishing length of twenty whopping minutes!
Apart from their
usual funky-rock sound, this single starts off on an intergalactic ride with a
surprisingly great amount of synth. I was reminded of last year’s recent synth
craze (initiated by the Stranger Things’-
soundtrack), until I realized UMO has been doing this much longer than a year.
The electronic ambience adds a refreshing style in the first eight synth-y
minutes, where the steady beat keeps me bumping. However, the track progresses
into a long stream of sustained synth notes that provide a more subdued feel,
reminding me at some moments of Tycho.
My favorite part of the track occurs right around 13:40,
where I had to double-check my earbuds to ensure that I correctly heard the
bird chirping. The heavy, electrified sound suddenly evokes images of a walk
through a forest, strains of light water falling, and birds chirping, all
carried by a beautifully light and continuous keyboard pattern.
The track closes out on its last round of ambient, electro
pulsing pushed by a steady beat. I feel like I’m in a Stanley Kubrick film,
whether it be 2001: A Space Odyssey
or A Clockwork Orange. It is a
satisfying ending after having gone through the multiple layers of the past
If you are unfamiliar with UMO’s instrumental series, I
definitely recommend checking out their past three tracks, starting with “SB-01,”
released in 2013. Each song displays a unique side of the band’s musical
ability while successfully encasing its unique instrumental ambience to the
fullest. Overall, their newest track does not disappoint, and I wholeheartedly
recommend it to not only fans of the band, but all music-lovers.