WFUV Presents: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live in the WFUV studio. (WFUV)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live in the WFUV studio. (WFUV)

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been candid about the complicated romantic triangle — and chronic insomnia — that guided the writing of his psych-pop wonder of a third album, Multi-Love.

A masterful guitarist with a passion for '70s production techniques, Nielson cleverly built an almost Chic-like groove into Multi-Love's pining confession "Can't Keep Checking My Phone." When Nielson and his UMO bandmates — bassist Jake Portrait, drummer Riley Geare and keyboardist Quincy McCrary — visited WFUV's Studio A, they played this perfect summer single with an especially jaunty dose of percussive swagger and sensuality.

SET LIST

  • "Can't Keep Checking My Phone"

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