James Mellen
James Mellen

Bristol-based writer, specialising in musings on the world of music and fashion.

The New Zealand psychedelic trailblazers continue to excite with the glorious ‘Nadja’

For over a decade now, Auckland’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra have remained a staple of the newer wave of psychedelia, their commitment to innovation continually having them run in their own lane. The band have shared yet another new single ahead of upcoming double album ‘V’, the track in question being the magnificent ‘Nadja’.

Bathed in lo-fi aesthetics and boasting a cinematic aura, ‘Nadja’ is a downtempo moment for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the cut feeling nostalgic and oozing with melancholia. Ruban Nielson’s unique vocal timbre is always refreshing in the saturated field of indie, the band relentlessly standing out. The track remains steady throughout, bursting into a funk-ready guitar solo toward the back end of the track. 

‘Nadja’ rejects some of the more disco, dancefloor elements audible on previous works, but the more stripped back sound works effortlessly for UMO; with yet another wonderful single, this new record is gearing up t be truly excellent.

‘V’ arrives on March 17th via Jagjaguwar.

Listen to/watch ‘Nadja’ here:


Tour

US

20/3 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
21/3 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
22/3 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – SOLD OUT
22-26/3 – Boise, ID @Treefort Music Festival
25/3 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
27/3 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
28/3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore – SOLD OUT
29/3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore – SOLD OUT
31/3 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park – SOLD OUT
1/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
2/4 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
4/4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
5/4 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
6/4 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
8/4 – Chicago, IL @ Radius
10/4 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/4 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
13/4 – New York City, NY @ Webster Hall – SOLD OUT
14/4 – New York City, NY @ Webster Hall – SOLD OUT
15/4 – New York City, NY @ Webster Hall
18/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT
19/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
21/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
22/4 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

UK/EU

28/5 – Brussels, Belgium @ Core Festival
30/5 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
31/5 – London, UK @ Troxy – SOLD OUT
1/6 – London, UK @ Troxy

3/6 – Düsseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
4/6 – Berlin, Germany @ Metropol
7/6 – Stockholm, Swede @ Under Bron
9/6 – Ilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
10/6 – Hamburg, Germany @ ELBJAZZ Festival
12/6 – Paris, France @ La Cigale
15/6 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
16/6 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
17/6 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers
19/6 – Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop
20/6 – Liverpool, UK @ Content
21/6 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol 02 Academy 1


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