LAS VEGAS, NV-
“…Unknown Mortal Orchestra performances are always a good time. Though their essence is definitively chill, you can’t help but want to nod your head to the beat and maybe sway a little bit with the groove. I’ve always felt that UMO’s live shows have always had a kind of psychedelic “jam band” kind of vibe. Their sonics are somewhat atmospheric, and it’s easy to simply zone out for a minute as they let their instrumental passages, as a trumpet or keys danced around the melody. Ruban Neilson’s voice was as warm and dulcet as I remembered it, and that definitely added to the soothing mood of the set.
This UMO was a first on a couple of fronts. This was my first time seeing Ruban’s dad, Chris Nielson, play with him. In fact, it was his dad who did most of the jamming on the trumpet and keys throughout the set. It was also the first time I had ever seen Ruban leave the stage and jump into an audience- definitely not a small task as the stage was quite high and the “pit” was quite wide.
As a whole, UMO’s performance was as sublime as ever, and an expected pleasure…”