Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Can't Keep Checkin' My Phone
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have always pioneered a unique sound that is untraceable but at the same time inspired by everything good that has come before. Their second full-length, II, saw the group exploring a dark, shadow-dwelling kind of blues that revealed layers unbeknownst to listeners. With the release of Multi-Love just around the bend, a tip of the iceberg entitled “Can’t Keep Checkin’ My Phone” has surfaced.
The tune jumps off like a Bond-villain theme song before a party of percussive nature erupts. A hazy funk vibe can be ridden from start to finish courtesy of some thumpy bass work and retro-synth shots. Taking his time to address the world’s shortcuts to connecting with people through technology, Ruban Nielsen coos, “I’m kinda busy, can you call back again/ I’m sure you’ll come back/ ‘Til then I can’t keep checkin’ my phone.”