Unknown Mortal Orchestra channels a thrasher spirit on aptly-named ‘American Guilt’

Unknown Mortal Orchestra channels a thrasher spirit on aptly-named ‘American Guilt’

Unknown Mortal Orchestra channels a thrasher spirit on aptly-named ‘American Guilt’

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s returned with a new track named “American Guilt.”

It currently remains unclear as to whether “American Guilt” will be part of a more significant project, though the tune itself speaks volumes for the band and a press released signified that its a hint at more to come. “American Guilt” sees UMO making a significant departure from their groove-laden signature of R&B and indie influenced psych music. The band’s work spans over four albums from 2011-2015 and explores a melange of experimental R&B, indie rock, and psychedelic dealings.

“American Guilt” is their first release outside of their Christmas instrumental series installment —the 27-minute “SB-05.”

Given the ubiquity of indie pop outfits pervading the scene since UMO’s last album Multi-Love in 2015, it’s no surprise their latest piece of music sees the band exploring new directions in sound. Here’s to hoping they capitalize on that experimental-demeanor on a new full-length, too.

LISTEN TO AMERICAN GUILT:

The New Zealand band has also announced a world tour launching in April and running through July of this year.

UMO TOUR DATES:

April 22 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
April 23 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
April 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
April 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
April 27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
April 30 – Boston, MA @ Royale
May 1 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
May 2 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 3 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 7 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
May 8 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 10 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
May 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 12 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s
May 18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefährlich
May 19 – Berlin, Germany @ Kesselhaus
May 20 – Heidelberg, Germany @ Karlstorbahnhof
May 21 – Düsseldorf, Germany @ zakk
May 22 – Paris, France @ La Gaîté Lyrique
May 24 – London, United Kingdom @ Roundhouse
May 25 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ SWX
May 26 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Strange Waves
May 27 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ World Island
May 28 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
June 10 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
July 6 – Richmond, VA @ The National
July 7 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
July 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
July 9 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
July 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
July 12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
July 13 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ
July 14 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
July 16 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
July 17 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Amphitheatre
July 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock|
July 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

 

Photo Credit: Neil Krug

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