Unknown Mortal OrchestraPortland-based indie band Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been hard at work since the release of its debut LP in 2011. Having recently signed with Jagjaguwar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra also broke ground working on the followup to its self-titled album. In honor of these achievements, as well as a North American tour, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark),” a song that will appear on the new album as well as on UMO’s tour-only 7” release.

Ruban Nielson’s mist of harmless, soft-spoken vocals on “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” clears the mind of any worries or woes. Adding to the calming effect are Nielson’s lo-fi, airy guitar licks, plucking the strings ever so lightly as if he were scared that strumming any harder would cause one to snap, while bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Greg Rogrove fasten the runny ’60s-reminiscent melodies with a heavy bassline and moderate drumbeat.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be supporting Grizzly Bear during the East Coast branch of its tour, which includes the Radio City Music Hall show. As for now, let the dreamy riffs of “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” envelop you on this gloomy afternoon, and maybe you too can sleep (like a shark).
Tour Dates For Unknown Mortal Orchestra:
09/18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *
09/20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
09/21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
09/22 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater *
09/23 – Montreal, QC – Olympia De Montreal *
09/24 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall *
09/26 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
09/28 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09/29 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater #
10/01 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
10/02 – Akron, OH – Annabell’s Bar And Lounge
10/03 – Annapolis, MD – Metropolitan Kitchen
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Taix
10/12 – Cholula, Mexico – Campestre Don Juan
10/13 – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
12/28 – Christchurch, NZ – Rhythm And Alps Festival
12/30 – Phillip Island, Australia – Pyramid Rock Festival
12/31 – Peats Ridge, Australia – Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts And Music Festival
* with Grizzly Bear
# with Dirty Projectors