ALBUM REVIEW: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - IC-01 Hanoi

Unknown Mortal Orchestra takes you on a ride through Hanoi, Vietnam with their new experimental new LP IC-01 Hanoi.


Only months after releasing their fourth album ‘Sex and Food’, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released their second album for 2018, ‘IC-01 Hanoi’. The seven track instrumental LP takes inspiration from where it was recorded at the Phù Sa Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam. The album originated during the recording sessions of ‘Sex and Food’ earlier this year and draws influences from Vietnam. Collaborating with with local Hanoi musician Minh Nguyen as well as Ruban Nielson's father, the album is a swirling jazz/funk-infused cruise.

The album has the distinct sound of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with the phased drums that Nielson will never reveal the secrets too and the iconic twang sound of the Jagstang guitar. IC-01 Hanoi is a smooth yet storm of instrumentation, Hanoi 6 starts off as a smooth ride then builds into a avant garde climax.


The album varies between Punk to Experimental Jazz with psychedelia throughout. Hanoi 4 is a blend of Funk and a Film Score, drawing inspirations from Parliament and the soundtrack to Mad Max Fury Road. The song feels like a drive on a highway in a distant future waste land.


It’s not just a background listen.

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