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Unknown Mortal Orchestra On World Cafe

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

At the helm of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is Ruban Nielson, a Portland, Ore., resident originally from New Zealand. He says that UMO's most recent album, Multi-Love, was inspired by the true story of a polyamorous relationship into which he entered with his wife and another woman.

Nielson, who normally favors a synth-heavy sound, visited World Cafe's studio to perform a rare acoustic session including songs from Multi-Love. "[The songs] usually start out pretty stripped-back like this," he says. Hear the session — a universal favorite among the World Cafe staff — at the audio link above and watch a video of "Necessary Evil" below.

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