Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always personified the exotic, mysterious, and highly intense, even in those pop music moments, while at the same time being eagerly accessible. At the Auckland via Portland band’s 2013 SXSW performance at the Red Eyed Fly, frontman Ruban Nielson played to the crowd, already enamored with UMO’s self-titled debut, and at that time, the newly released second album, aptly name II, in an kimono-styled jacket. Between the light and flaky layers of multi-instrumentation coupled with Nielson honeydew vocal melodies, the experience seemed to release an imaginary fragrance of jasmine and frankincense in the warm Austin air.
By now you may think you can't go on, especially if you've attended every day of the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) thus far. But you need to soldier on, 'cause there's another full day of music and festivities to be had and conquered. So dust off the beers and cocktails from last night, jump in a cold shower, grab and hearty breakfast from one of the many spots around Denver (Sputnik's hangover special is an obvious choice), get all hopped up on caffeine and get going.