As you may have noticed, Unknown Mortal Orchestra rated pretty highly in all of my year-end lists, including the Best Concert and Best Album categories. Last year (it still feels strange calling 2013 that), we saw UMO three times - at 529 with Foxygen, an incendiary performance at Branx in Portland during MFNW, and back in Atlanta again at Terminal West (above), and each show was a delight.
The band is touring China right now, with shows scheduled in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. But before they left, Ruban Nielson gave the world a parting Christmas gift - a 22-minute, experimental, ambient guitar exploration titled SB-01, which sounds a little like Robert Fripp on codeine, or Animal Collective in Transverse Temporal Gyrus mode. Enjoy!