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Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Steady Holiday, Hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox
September 1, 2016 • 12:00 pm(All times are in PDT)
Join KCRW down at the Pier, as we party with Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Steady Holiday, hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox. The Twilight Concert Series, now in its 32nd year, is the premier free outdoor summer music series of Southern California. Straddling both the Pier and beach, these concerts are a festival of emerging and classic artists. Come enjoy the atmosphere while waves crash and the Ferris wheel lights up your warm summer night.
Parking + Public Transportation
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On “Multi-Love,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on “II,” “Multi-Love” takes on the complications of being together.
“Multi-Love” adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights. “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”
While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre’s touchstones so vital, constant exploration.
Steady Holiday is Dre Babinski. Until now you could find her playing in bands around LA, opening for big tent stuff like Fitz and the Tantrums and Fun dot, and making a record with some friends from Dr. Dog. She enjoyed the sidewoman life, but longed for an outlet of her own, writing and recording in secret, developing a body of work about hidden desire itself. Under the Influence is her coming out party, featuring Josh Adams (Jenny Lewis) and produced by Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Beck), set for release June 24th on Infinite Best (Mr Twin Sister, Ava Luna). First single “Your Version of Me” was released to immediate praise, garnering 200,000+ streams, and caught the attention of Coachella/Goldenvoice founder Paul Tollett, who added the band to Coachella 2016. Steady Holiday will play a residency at the Satellite in LA every Monday in June, come hang.