The fact that Multi-Love presents a huge creative leap forward helps to deal with the shock of the new.
Multi-Love finds Unknown Mortal Orchestra surging ahead of their fellow psych-pop voyagers, abandoning the hazy introversion of previous albums for frisky, rainbow-coloured optimism.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra can now sit back and smile at the fact they’ve written an album which could just as easily be this year’s Channel Orange as it could be its Lonerism. But then again, what makes it even better is how it’s still so distinctively UMO’s that it really can only be 2015’s Multi-Love.
Multi-Love is chock full of weighty grooves and skilful funk all cast under the same purple-orange lava lamp palette as the album's cover.
Immediately, Multi-Love introduces its polyamorous priorities in multiple senses, equally emphasizing real-life interpersonal relationships as Nielson's many-tendriled affection for multi-instrumentation and electronic layering.
2015 is definitely shaping up to be the year of the groove in rock music, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's most recent effort, Multi-Love, is helping head up the charge.
We have arrived at a notable highpoint for both Nielson and the rest of the Orchestra. Multi-Love marks their best LP yet.
What Multi-Love lacks in immediacy it mostly makes up for in aesthetic.
Multi-Love is still an impressive stretch that shows Neilson successfully moving away from the sound that made him strangely popular without losing much of the adventurous spirit that informed it.
Just as in his personal life, Multi-Love sees Nielson coloring outside the lines for a vibrant vision of connection.
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