Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Unknown Mortal Orchestra help chase our weekend blues away with latest single

After a three-year break from producing solo music, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO) is back with new psychedelic pop single ‘Weekend Run’ to help us ease into a long overdue Summer. 

Since the band’s huge success with their 2015 album ‘Multi-Love’ and 2018 album ‘Sex & Food’ there’s been little noise from the trio (Ruban Nielson, Jacob Portrait, and Kody Nielson). 

In the meantime, lead vocalist and frontman, Ruban Nielson, has been focusing on his collaborations with the likes of Free Nationals, Gorillaz, and India Shaw – to name but a few.

The track starts off with a distinct guitar that now feels intrinsically linked with UMO’s brilliant psychedelic-rock sound. 

Optimistic lyrics and its beat give it a disco sound that contrasts with the monotonous repetition of the days of the week, creating a change at the weekend that we all crave: “I can’t believe it’s almost perfect, velvet freedom / Saturday”. The reiteration of “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday” hammers home the dull and tedious normality of “Workin’ every day of your life” while “Watchin’ all the day’s passin’ by”; a reality check that very few of us need reminding of!


The warm and melodic lyrics paint a picture of the monotony of day-to-day life through the working week, with Saturday and Sunday offering “weekend sun” and the potential to lose yourself in love. In a statement seen on NME, Nielsen has proudly said “At the end of the day I don’t take for granted that I have the perfect job, I truly work to make music that will set someone’s day right” and we think he’s achieved just that with the promise that “When the weekend comes / Yeah, we’ll be lost in love”.


With the beginning of summer right around the corner, there’s little stopping us from dreaming of the weekend and it seems UMO is determined to help us get there.


Jonathan Llewelyn


Image: 'Weekend Run' Official Single Artwork


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