Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Ruban Nielson may have done a lot of things with his career, but one thing he has never done is settle on a sound. Nor should he – he assisted in pioneering a new wave of post-punk in his native New Zealand as a part of The Mint Chicks; and has spent the last few years in a chameleonic musical state with his project Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Whether he’s wailing over knife-edge guitar or weaving a gently-lilting falsetto over a sea of reverb, Nielson knows his way around inventive and intrinsically-crafted music.
Multi-Love marks the project’s third studio album, and there’s a lot to be said for the fact that the trio are still finding new ways to experiment and redefine their collective sound. At this point, an Unknown Mortal Orchestra song can mean anything: It can mean the bouncy grooves of the title track, the horn-tinged roller-disco of ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ or even the serenely-harmonic indie-funk hybrid of ‘Necessary Evil’. Wherever the band chooses to travel, however, they make the absolute most out of their surroundings.
We have arrived at a notable highpoint for both Nielson and the rest of the Orchestra. Multi-Love marks their best LP yet.