Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the mastermind of the New Zealand-born, Portland, Oregon-based musician Ruban Nielson, today also announces a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 21st November 2018. The London show at The Roundhouse on 24th May 2018 is now sold out, two months upfront of the date.
The follow-up to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s critically acclaimed record Multi-Love, Sex & Food sees Nielson tap into both familiar and unexpected territory. The delightfully shape-shifting album filters real-deal serious themes such as "What are we consuming? How is it affecting us, and why does everything feel so bad and weird sometimes?” through a vibrant sonic lens that spans battered drum-machine funk, doomy and thrashing rock and pink-hued psychedelic disco. It’s not a dark record, per se. Even the album’s title, Sex & Food, focuses on two of the most undeniably pleasurable experiences in life; positivity despite the strangeness of our times.
Jacksonville, Florida's eclectic singer/songwriter Yuno blends surf pop, synth-pop, and R&B into smooth yet distinctive songs. Born to parents from the U.K. and of Jamaican descent, Yuno's childhood love of skateboarding led to him falling in love with music as well; albums by HIM, AFI, and Rancid were among his favorites. As a teen, he taught himself how to play guitar and learned how to make beats from his cousin. Along with recording his music on his own, Yuno also designs his album artwork, directs his music videos, and shoots his own press photos. He released a few singles -- including 2011's Frequency 7" on Old Flame -- as Unouomedude before switching to Yuno for 2012's beachy "Sunlight." He followed it with 2013's dreamy R&B-tinged track "Grapefruit" and didn't resurface until 2018, when his debut single for Sub Pop, "No Going Back," arrived that February. The label released his first full-length, Moodie, that May.