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AUGUST 1, 2, 3 . 2014 . Happy Valley, Oregon

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WATCH Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)

Emerging from rampant hedonism and desperate isolation is 'II', the new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Behind the cartoonish colour of this collection of soulful, mind-addled psychedelia, lurks the fact that its author, Ruban Nielson, came close to never making it at all. "There were times when I felt that if I continued as I was that I would die, or some other bad thing would happen," he admits, referring to the months following the release of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's eponymous, self-recorded debut in June 2011, and a punishing, debauched touring schedule that would have a lasting affect on the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

 


 

Released after he swapped New Zealand for Portland and isolated himself from friends and family, Nielson's first album as Unknown Mortal Orchestra fused Barrett and Hendrix to RZA and The Beatles
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