- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 4:30PM
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared a brand new single. "That Life" out now, highlights the intricate production, soulful hooks, and elevated instrumentation for which the band is known.
The new song comes alongside a masterful video directed by Lydia Fine and Tony Blahd featuring a puppet created by renowned Daytime Emmy Award-nominated puppeteer and fabricator Laura Manns, who has worked on The Muppets and Sesame Street. The video, featuring Mann's puppet and immaculately constructed sets captures the song's energy well.
Speaking on the evolution of the song, frontman Ruban Nielson says: "I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, "That Life" I was imaging the same kind of 'Where's Waldo' (or 'Where's Wally' as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun."
"That Life" comes on the heels of UMO's previously-released single "Weekend Run" Their first official single since their shapeshifting 2018 full-length, 'Sex & Food', which Billboard called their "most boldly eclectic LP to date," "Weekend Run" embodies the breadth of what Unknown Mortal Orchestra has displayed over the course of their career - a radio-ready earworm of a chorus, a subtle nod to disco in its groove and an idiosyncratic bridge that could only belong to Ruban Nielson.