Unknown Mortal Orchestra "Can't Keep Checking My Phone"
Published Apr 20, 2015Here's a sentiment that much of the modern world will be able to relate to: "Can't Keep Checking My Phone." That's the name of the new track from psych-pop pedlars Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
The track begins with a brief overture of courtly acoustic plucking and futuristic synths. Soon, the tune settles into a dance groove flecked with spacious guitar atmosphere and falsetto, soul-style melodies.
Frontman Ruban Nielson said in a statement about the track, "'Cant Keep Checking My Phone' is about missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online 'connectivity' as a substitute for being with someone IRL. When someone you love turns into text and ideas delivered through a device, at some point they're competing with real things like the aurora borealis, which is another thing that only really makes sense in the flesh. I also read somewhere that the universe might be holographic, and in that case maybe the distance between us is just an illusion. So do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? Either way, I've got to get off my phone."
This comes from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new album Multi-Love, which is due out on May 26 through Jagjaguwar.