Kiwi-via-Portland psych-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra will follow-up their excellent 2011 eponymous debut next month with II. The first single, ‘Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)‘, hinted at a cleaner, more pop-oriented approach this time around and a first listen through the album confirms this is indeed the case. Band mastermind Ruban Nielson heads in a much breezier and warmer direction over the course of these 10 tracks, eschewing some of the weirdness of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and it already sounds to me like an ideal summer soundtrack.
Nielson posted this related note on the band’s Facebook page recently in regards to the album’s release and piracy:
You can stream II below, and be sure to buy it on February 5 if you want to see the band in your town (via NPR).