Unknown Mortal Orchestra recently released a new song, "Multi-Love," which is the title track of their upcoming album, slated to be released on May 26 through Jagjaguwar.
The song is a bit of a departure from the sound of their first two records, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and II. Rather than the thoughtful, introspective, and almost wistful sound of the first two albums, "Multi-Love" has a more vibrant and nearly optimistic sound. An alluring synth-piano intro, snappy drums, and Ruban Nielson's airy vocals still elevate the familiar psychedelic sound, but with this song, Unknown Mortal Orchestra seems to have embraced a more funky and upbeat form of psych-pop.
In a press release, Nielson stated:
"It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator. It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive."
Based on this statement, we can expect the rest of the album to be a distinct and refreshing sound. And at the very least, we know he had fun making the record.