Unknown Mortal Orchestra - IC-01 Hanoi
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #629 / 716
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2018 Ratings: #686
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
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Jagjaguwar / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Northern Transmissions

The often experimental nature and drawn-out writing means it will likely be for Unknown Mortal Orchestra die-hards and a small niche of others.

70
Exclaim!

As a whole, it feels less like a sketchbook come to life and more like a laboratory of hermetic fusion jazz and avant-garde rock, which isn't to say it's devoid of charm.

65
Pitchfork

While not necessarily essential to the UMO catalog, Hanoi finds the band reveling in its psychedelic roots and exploring a primeval darkness that their songs often only hint at.

60
DIY

They’re stranger, more direct beasts without the foil of Ruban’s soft vocal and often all the more ominous for it.

60
AllMusic

Overall, IC-01 Hanoi is interesting and shows that the band does have impressive range, but it's not quite an essential piece of the UMO puzzle.

50
God Is in the TV

The opener on Sex & Food is called ‘A God Called Hubris’ and I had thought of concluding by describing IC-01 Hanoi as an offering to that god, but actually, a bit of hubris wouldn’t have gone amiss here.  Because that’s finally the problem with it.  It just doesn’t go far enough.

MrMclainy
59
Cuts 2 and 4 are definitely pretty cool.
chunderz
74
When Unknown Mortal Orchestra released 'Sex & Food' earlier this year, it felt like something was lacking; the album didn't possess the same sauntering, psychedelic charm as 'II' or the refined energy of 'Multi-Love.' Their latest (and unexpected) offering, 'IC-01 Hanoi' does nothing to waylay those sentiments. However, it is a distinctly different iteration to anything else in the band's catalogue; an unexpected journey of hazy, jazz-inspired psychedelic instrumentals that the band ... read more
808thDimension
80
Uhh, I love this? That's interesting.

As a scrub, I would describe IC-01 Hanoi as a really fun "Psychedelic-Jazz" experience.

faves: [does probably just work as an album]
70
A fun little piece of psychedelic jazz
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Track List

  1. Hanoi 1
  2. Hanoi 2
  3. Hanoi 3
  4. Hanoi 4
  5. Hanoi 5
  6. Hanoi 6
  7. Hanoi 7
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Added on: September 25, 2018