ACL Fest 2015 Saturday Record Review

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)

ACL Fest 2015 Saturday Record Review

Blowing up his profile among NPR programmers with mod falsetto soul on 2013's "So Good at Being in Trouble," New Zealander-turned-Oregonian Ruban Nielson doubles down on this vein to distraction. Top-loaded with mildly engaging songs drawn out past the point of intrigue, Multi-Love sorely misses the psychedelic fancy that informed its predecessors. "Can't Keep Checking My Phone" cloyingly aims for the cheap seats with a push-button bhangra and walking disco bass. Bright spot "Necessary Evil" refreshes a hypnotic Bill Withers via interplay between Nielson's guitar and his father's trumpet. (5:30pm, Austin Ventures stage)


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