Unknown Mortal Orchestra driving force Ruban Nielsen has done some ruthlessly uncompromising soul-searching over the course of his band’s three legitimately fantastic records. But on his fourth opus, he trains that critical glare on culture at large. Christened Sex & Food, the record flattens all of society’s primal fixations into those two parameters and, as denoted in an official release, examines questions such as “Where are we headed? What are we consuming, how is it affecting us, and why does everything feel so bad and weird sometimes?”
Recorded in areas as disparate as Seoul, Hanoi, Reykjavik, Mexico City, and Auckland, Sex & Food finds Nielsen expanding his own musical vernacular. Initial plans of making it post-punk centric were scrapped in favour of a more raw and unorthodox approach. “There’s no guilty pleasure to it—I just think it’s cool and good. When it comes to rock, I want to get into dodgier territory”, he offers. The album art certainly reflects this more sexual and deviant side.
Released via famed indie label Jagjaguwar, the record will drop April 6. It’ll be a 12-tracker with cuts with titles such as “Chronos Feasts on His Children” and “Not in Love We’re Just High”.
Watch the video for lead single “American Guilt” below.