New Zealand indie psych outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra are back with a new single for their upcoming 4th full length and it’s a doozy. If you’re a sucker for a dope riff (and every sane person should be), American Guilt will at least slightly improve your day.
Sabbath style guitars, syncopated grooves and some funky drumming bob and weave throughout and although the arrangement could probably be cut and half and the ambient outro feels tacked on, you shouldn’t let that spoil the fun.
UMO came onto the scene building a reputation on lo fi recording techniques that added a bit of mystery to the progier elements. With their last full length effort ‘Multi Love’ they tried to clean up their act a touch and resulted in a kind of half baked Jamiroquai. If this is any indication Ruban Nielson is back to his old ways and his music benefits greatly. Also worthy of note is this is definitely a heavier tune than they’ve ever released which should calm anyone’s nerves worried about the “mature” album coming. Fingers crossed. 7.8/10