On The Verge
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
“Her name is Janet Farrar. She’s the high priestess of a witches’ coven in Ireland,” explains Ruban Nielson, sole proprietor of the Portland, Ore.-by-way-of-New Zealand trip-pop outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra about the sexy/spooky Smiths-esque cover art for his latest LP II. “Janet holding the sword is a powerful image and one that suits the album well.” As these 10 songs find Nielson intent on slicing through his competition on the college radio charts by ramping up the production value of his bedroom-born, his self-described “psychedelic R&B” owes as much to Frank Zappa as it does to Frank Ocean. But while he has expanded his band to include drummer Greg Rogove and bassist Jacob Portrait, II was once again primarily sired by the artist himself, who seems to enjoy the process too much to switch things up just yet. “Recording by myself is a lot of fun,” he muses. “I just sit around until an idea comes and build the recording at my own speed. I do some funny things. Sometimes, I’ll play a simple bass line over a looped drum sample for three hours, just over and over trying to burn it into my head.”
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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