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WFUV Presents: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been candid about the complicated romantic triangle — and chronic insomnia — that guided the writing of his psych-pop wonder of a third album, Multi-Love.

A masterful guitarist with a passion for '70s production techniques, Nielson cleverly built an almost Chic-like groove into Multi-Love's pining confession "Can't Keep Checking My Phone." When Nielson and his UMO bandmates — bassist Jake Portrait, drummer Riley Geare and keyboardist Quincy McCrary — visited WFUV's Studio A, they played this perfect summer single with an especially jaunty dose of percussive swagger and sensuality.


  • "Can't Keep Checking My Phone"
  • Watch more sessions from WFUV's studios on its YouTube channel.

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    Kara Manning