Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released “That Life“, their second single of the year following on from “Weekend Run“. The new single comes alongside an accompanying music video directed by Lydia Fine and Tony Blahd.
The new track binds together the silky guitars of II with the sultry-sexiness of Sex & Food to create the most UMO sounding UMO single possible. Invoking elements of neo-soul on the chorus alongside subtle layers of psychedelia, UMO sound as fresh and funky as ever. Unknown mortal summer is here in full swing.
Speaking on the evolution of the song, frontman Ruban Nielson says:
“I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, That Life, I was imaging the same kind of ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or ‘Where’s Wally’ as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun.”
Watch the new video and listen to the new single below!