During recording sessions in Hanoi for Sex and Food, their last LP, Unknown Mortal Orchestra also worked with local musicians to create IC-01 Hanoi, a set of instrumental tracks. This collection, emphasizing jazz and Krautrock stylistic signatures, will be released October 28, 2018 on the Jagjaguwar label. Check out a teaser video for album track “Hanoi 6” below.
Check out this “rework” (not remix, mind you) by SILICON of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s song “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone.” It is off of a 7″ coming out on 4/1 via Jagjaguwar. The band is launching an extensive tour (dates below).
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA TOUR DATES (new dates in BOLD) Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre * [tickets] – SOLD OUT Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune * [tickets] – SOLD OUT Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall * [tickets] – SOLD OUT Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * [tickets] – SOLD OUT Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory * [tickets] Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre * [tickets] – SOLD OUT Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace * [tickets] Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger * [tickets] Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s * [tickets] Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers * [tickets] Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees * [tickets] Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans * [tickets] Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn * [tickets] Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In * [tickets] Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel* [tickets] Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National * [tickets] Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club * [tickets] Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * [tickets] Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza * [tickets] Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza * [tickets] Apr. 13 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door & [tickets] Apr. 14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club & [tickets] Apr. 16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival [tickets] Apr. 21 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern [tickets] Apr. 23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival [tickets] Apr. 28 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Beco 203 [tickets] Apr. 29 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Niceto Club [tickets] Apr. 30 – Santiago, CL @ Sala Omnium May 7 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre # [tickets] May 8 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega [tickets] # May 9 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s # [tickets] May 10 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall [tickets] # May 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck # [tickets] May 13 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 [tickets] # May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival [tickets] May 17 – Columbus, OH @ Skullys Music Diner [tickets] # May 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme [tickets] # May 19 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre [tickets] # May 20 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (Dempseys Upstairs) # [tickets] May 21 – Winnipeg, MB @ WECC [tickets] # May 23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina [tickets] # May 24 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room [tickets] # May 25 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth [tickets] # May 27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival [tickets] May 29 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling [tickets] June 17-19 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival [tickets] June 17-19 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret [tickets] July 1 – Vilanova l La Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival [tickets] July 3 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter [tickets] Sept. 2 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley w/ Tame Impala [tickets] Sept 3 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/ Tame Impala
* w/ Lower Dens supporting
# w/ Whitney
& w/ Vinyl Williams
Sharon Van Etten’s latest solo album retains elements of her previous work: the immediacy of her lyrics and her songs’ beautiful musical atmospheres. As on Tramp, one continues to hear Van Etten’s vocal range expand – by now able to encompass keening soprano lines as well as a growling contralto a la Stevie Nicks. Some of the best moments on Are We There combine both vocal approaches, as on the multi-layered “Taking My Chances.” Her more confessional and emotionally stark selections, such as “Your Love is Killing Me” are compelling as well; here we are relieved by a swelling build to the chorus that offsets that stark ambiance of the verse. One is most impressed with the range of material on display here. So often, singer-songwriter albums can get stuck in a particular vibe or groove that leaves them monochromatic. Not so with Are We There: Van Etten has crafted her most varied, and most compelling, album to date. Recommended.