Can't Keep Checking My Phone
Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s new track “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” is a peppy, lo-fi rock song that’s bound to get you moving whether you want to or not. It’s got a hot stepping hand clap drum beat, horns, and spacey synths. “I’m kinda busy, could you call back again? / I’m sure you’ll come back / til then / I can’t keep checking my phone,” Ruban Nielson coos on the chorus, a fitting take on the new paranoia of relationships in an era where in theory everyone is just a text or call away. It’s the same isolation and longing we’ve always felt, just distilled into the minutes or even seconds between digital communiques. The sentiment gets a potent platform with Nielson’s customarily smooth guitar work and Jake Portrait’s funky bass lines. As they approach their third release, Multi-Love, UMO are taking their retro-infused psych rock to places it hasn’t been before, and we’re happy to go along with them.