Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra



Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a New Zealand psychedelic rock band primarily comprising singer, guitarist, and songwriter Ruban Nielson, and bassist Jake Portrait. Nielson, formerly of The Mint Chicks, started the band in 2010. The band's first album was released in 2011 on Fat Possum Records; three subsequent studio albums have been released on Jagjajuwar, the most recent being Sex & Food (2018).[1]



Sex & Food
Sex & Food is the forthcoming fourth studio album from the Portland-based via Auckland musical project, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays
Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays is a song by musical group Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on March 26, 2018.
Not in Love We’re Just High
Not in Love We’re Just High is a song by musical group Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on February 28, 2018.
American Guilt
American Guilt is a song by musical group Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on January 24, 2018.

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Popular Albums5

Album Appearances & References2

Popular Songs13

Song Appearances & References1

TV Shows2

Video Game References1

Collaborators & Influencers3

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Awards & Nominations3


Band Members2


Spotify - Albums & Singles17


Spotify - Appears On3


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Upcoming Concerts44

Heidelberg, Germany
May 20, 2018
Düsseldorf, Germany
May 21, 2018
La Gaîté Lyrique
Paris, France
May 22, 2018
Roundhouse - SOLD OUT
London, United Kingdom
May 24, 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom
May 25, 2018
Strange Waves
Manchester, United Kingdom
May 26, 2018
World Island
Leeds, United Kingdom
May 27, 2018
Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium
May 28, 2018
Rock School Barbey
Bordeaux, France
May 30, 2018
Primavera Sound
Barcelona, Spain
May 31, 2018
Indigènes Festival
Nantes, France
June 3, 2018
Forbidden Fruit Festival
Dublin, Ireland
June 4, 2018
Nos Primavera Sound
Porto, Portugal
June 8, 2018
Best Kept Secret Festival
Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 10, 2018
The National
Richmond, United States
July 6, 2018
The Orange Peel
Asheville, United States
July 7, 2018
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, United States
July 8, 2018
Georgia Theatre
Athens, United States
July 9, 2018
New Orleans, United States
July 11, 2018
White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
Houston, United States
July 12, 2018
Stubbs BBQ
Austin, United States
July 13, 2018
Granada Theater
Dallas, United States
July 14, 2018
Gothic Theater
Englewood, United States
July 16, 2018
Ogden Amphitheater
Ogden, United States
July 17, 2018
Las Vegas, United States
July 18, 2018
Crescent Ballroom
Phoenix, United States
July 19, 2018
FYF Fest
Los Angeles, United States
July 21, 2018
The Top Hat
Missoula, United States
July 23, 2018
The Pub Station
Billings, United States
July 24, 2018
Majestic Theatre
Madison, United States
July 26, 2018
Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
August 9, 2018
Open Air Basel
Basel, Switzerland
August 10, 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark
August 11, 2018
The Foundry Bar
Christchurch, New Zealand
September 5, 2018
Glenroy Auditorium
Dunedin, New Zealand
September 6, 2018
Hunter Lounge
Wellington, New Zealand
September 7, 2018
Auckland Town Hall
Auckland, New Zealand
September 8, 2018
Forum Theatre
Melbourne, Australia
September 12, 2018
Fat Controller
Adelaide, Australia
September 14, 2018
Brisbane Festival
South Brisbane, Australia
September 15, 2018
Enmore Theatre
Newtown, Australia
September 16, 2018
Perth, Australia
September 18, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
September 23, 2018
Royal Albert Hall
London, United Kingdom
November 21, 2018

News Articles14

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
  –  April 7, 2018
but if any music is the food of sex then Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s dark and sweaty psychedelic funk is probably it. It’s an album about pleasure, then, although not afraid of showing the darker side of hedonism, or asking questions about what pleasure ...
7 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Cardi B, Kali Uchis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, More
  –  April 6, 2018
This week’s batch includes new albums from Cardi B, Kali Uchis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Wye Oak, Mind Over Mirrors, and Lil Xan. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra share
  –  April 6, 2018
Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released its new album. Listen to Sex & Food below via Apple Music and Spotify. This is the fourth studio album from the psych-rock band fronted by Ruban Nielson and includes the singles "American Guilt" and “Not in Love We ...
Ruban Nielson Traveled the World to Make the New Unknown Mortal Orchestra Record
  –  April 6, 2018
It’s the most freewheeling Unknown Mortal Orchestra album to date ... Because of the portable recording setup Nielson had come to rely on to craft his music, this afforded an ability to make this music all across the globe. This meant stints in Portland ...
The chameleon sounds of Portland’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  –  April 6, 2018
This week she spoke with OPB music’s Jerad Walker about the latest album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Listen Listening... 2:24 “They've been chameleons throughout their career,” Walker said. The band seems to have a little bit for everyone.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra share new album, Sex & Food: Stream
  –  April 6, 2018
Today marks the release of Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s new album, Sex & Food, the follow-up to 2015’s Multi-Love. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream it in full. The Portland-via-New Zealand outfit’s fourth LP was recorded in cities ...
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food (Jagjaguwar)
  –  April 5, 2018
Ruban Nielson’s last album under the Unknown Mortal Orchestra moniker – Multi-Love – was the ... Sex and Food, despite its intention of reviving the ‘dead genre of rock music’ sounds like a thoroughly modern album, and something tasteful and ...
Interview: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Talks About New Album 'Sex & Food'
  –  April 4, 2018
Ruban Nielson's psychedelic project Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of New Zealand's great musical ... The thing I like about music is that it's not a normal job, so I don't want it to ever turn into a normal job. So now Kody and me working on stuff ...
How A Trip To Vietnam Helped Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson Access His Inner Hendrix
  –  April 4, 2018
The last two Unknown Mortal Orchestra albums were largely the product of the same ... and why he doesn’t want you to think about him when you hear his new music. Share This Video Facebook Twitter EMAIL
Unknown Mortal Orchestra slate in first Aussie tour in three years
  –  April 3, 2018
New Zealand/American psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced their first Australian ... this'll be the first time the band debut new music live from their fourth album, Sex & Food, out this Friday 9 April. Having premiered 'American Guilt ...
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex, food and the pleasure principle
  –  April 1, 2018
With Unknown Mortal Orchestra, he says, the stylistic shifts "aren't just ... I have some genuine background in folk music, but we can also construct a killer hard rock song. And I've always been a funk fan, too, so it feels natural to join all these ...
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: “It’s not like [Trump] doesn’t represent a big part of America”
  –  March 27, 2018
“The best sound that I ever got out of a guitar was an Orange AC30 five minutes before it blew up,” says Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s vocalist/guitarist ... sound is really a part of what I think good music should sound like.” After making his ...
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Inside their tasty, lurid new album ‘Sex & Food’
  –  March 19, 2018
The world’s a serious place right now, but it feels more crucial now than ever to remember some of the not-rubbish things out there – so much so that Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s upcoming ... you’ll know that their music is anything but dumb.
Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra in the 6 Music Live Room
  –  February 28, 2018
The New Zealand brothers Ruban and Kody perform If You're Going To Break Yourself from their fifth album Sex & Food which will be released in April.


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