*Guest Editor Pick

Worldly, indie/funk jet setters Unknown Mortal Orchestra release the video for “First World Problem”, acting as a standalone single and follow up to the brilliant ‘Multi-Love’ (2015).

Featuring a video of a man and woman dancing across various different landscapes, from a living room to a desert, it’s a great piece of direction and imagery for this very danceable track. UMO have always had a funk quality, significantly more so on their last album. Tracks like “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” and “Like Acid Rain” hit the funky spot and fill you up nicely, especially live. I remember seeing them at Liverpool Sound City 2015, I was blown away by their on stage performance and energy created from the music.

This video has certainly acted as a reminder of UMO’s talents to satisfy their fans, I doubt many will be unhappy with this single and look forward to their next major release. Let’s hope it’s as thick and colourful as their last. Although, if they went back to their slightly subtler indie roots, like on their first two albums, I wouldn’t be disappointed either. They are a very versatile band and we hope to hear from them again soon.

Live Dates:

Sat. Aug. 13 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
Wed. Aug. 17 – Paredes De Coura, Portugal @ Paredes de Coura
August 18-21 – Wales, United Kingdom @ Green Man Festival
Fri. August 19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Dockville
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*(This post was chosen from the swathes of press releases by Silent Radio Guest Editor Connor Ryan: “Musically I love all things distorted and brain melting, I always hope my reviews manifest themselves in this way. However, I’m afraid at times they can come out like wet farts. So, after being given the opportunity to edit for Silent Radio, I want to carve out the most violent and frightening news items Manchester has ever seen.”)

Liverpool born music writer with passion for punk and Everton FC