“Multi-Love” has got me “on my knees.” The softly psychedelic lullaby from Unknown Mortal Orchestra proves to be one of the best songs of 2015 to date. Frontman Ruban Nielson sings of the dizzying complexities of relationships on the single with a delivery that’s hushed yet fervent. Glistening keys, synthesizers, steel drums and percussion set the tone, enhancing the song’s emotional undertow.
Checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room
Who is your God? Where is she?
She wants to bury me in Austin under Uchiko.
She don’t want to be a man or a woman
She wants to be your love”
Did you catch that shoutout? Someone’s a fan of Austin’s famed Japanese establishment Uchiko (the sushi and sake is deliriously delicious). A story evidently lives there.
Ruban resisted trends and sought to create something pure, something new, and something truly reflective of UMO on this record:
“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” says Ruban in a press release. “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.”
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