UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Kindred spirits: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Pink Floyd, Foxygen
Show: With Foxygen and Wampire on Wednesday at the Rock & Roll Hotel.
Show starts at 8 p.m. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $14.
Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra posted an anonymous song online in 2010 to much acclaim, and the band’s subsequent debut album was quickly devoured by tastemakers. But you can hide only once on the Internet, and all indie eyes are on UMO’s second album, “II.”
The band has stuck with its swirling psychedelic guitars and lo-fi sound but has expanded its range, adding some ’70s funk and blue-eyed soul. True to its old-school roots, “II” thrives on its sequencing. Opening tracks “From the Sun” and “Swim and Sleep” draw on the psychedelia of early Pink Floyd and later Beatles, but the next two tracks showcase UMO’s funk: “One at a Time” features a horn riff and “So Good at Being in Trouble” has a classic R&B vibe.