Would Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s music have been possible in the ’60s or ’70s? Despite the very obvious nostalgia for vintage rock in the New Zealand/Portland, Ore., band, there are tinges of modern influences and even forward-thinking in Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s music. The retro, psych rock trio returns with its sophomore album on Feb. 5, but you can stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “II” early via NPR First Listen.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays Larimer Lounge in Denver on March 18.
Reverb Managing Editor Matt Miller has a Twitter account that he uses fairly often, but not often enough to be annoying.