After disbanding New Zealand’s the Mint Chicks, Portland, Oregon’s Ruban Neilson planned to quit music and take on a day job. For a hobby, he started making psychedelic demos in his basement using samples. Soon, music took over as a career again, and his fun brand of experimental pop ended up in the hands of Fat Possum Records, who released Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s self-titled debut in the early summer of 2011.
As interest grew, so did the band, promotional tours and some incredible home studio EPs since then. The latest single “First World Problem” has been doing quite well on SoundCloud and HypeM so wanted to continue the momentum here as it’s one of my favorite tracks from them – a psychedelic rock spectacle from what I hope is new EP to come.