Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
I’ve loved this band since their first album. The third one, Multi-Love, is a perfect digest of the 80s and 90s influences that percolated through pop culture this year. They’ve managed to keep their weird demo sound, to add even more groove when you thought they couldn’t and to polish the songwriting into super relevant, THC-induced funk and laid back pop. The American contradictions about « persons of color », polyamory, vintage keyboards and in-your-face neon pink : all of 2015 themes on one record. You gotta love Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty and Like Acid Rain.
Built on a great balance between nostalgia (brought by the trumpet on the intro) and our contemporary craving for Wi-Fi and mobile signal, Can’t Keep Checking My Phone* is undisputedly the best song of 2015 with the lyrics « Drink chicha / In the jungle / That sounds great / I’m kinda busy, could you call back again? ». And it came out 6 months before Drake’s Hotline Bling, Adele’s Hello and Erykah Badu’s Caint Use My Phone. HULLO UMO!
* featured on Summer Select 2015 (suite…)