Music Remixes

Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)


Sky Ferreira is a promising artist still searching for a voice that will separate her from the pack. Unknown Mortal Orchestra have found their voice, but it’s unclear where they go from here. Their confluence on this remix offers a glimpse of possible futures for both.

Ferreira, the latest indie-ish pop chanteuse to bubble up has been grinding since her early teens. Her earliest public work was posted to MySpace, where she was “discovered” and ushered into the studio. Since then, she’s worked with notable producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Best Coast) and Garbage front woman Shirley Mason, and attracted media attention for a drug possession arrest. It’s been an upward climb to an opening slot (along with Icona Pop) on Miley Cyrus’ world tour.

Really, Sky? I get the appeal ($$$$) but somehow I don’t think that’s where your fan base lies. Her future just isn’t as a tween-facing pop star.

Rather, it’s as an indie darling with mainstream vocal abilities. The original “Everything Is Embarrassing” is cowritten and produced by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange (formerly Lightspeed Champion). Basically, it’s a Blood Orange song, in construction and lyrical progression, sung by Ferreira, who could have easily been swapped out for Solange without missing a beat. And it’s her most popular song to date. Coincidence? I think not.

Enter Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the intensely weird future lo-fi project from multi-instrumentalist Reuben Nielson. Their albums and remixes are tied together by a sense of a detached intensity and intricate lyricism. Their sound is unmistakable: ambling guitar plucks and fuzzed-out cymbals and muted bass.

This remix is the best of all worlds. Ferreira sings in Hynes’ nu-R&B repetitive styling over a classically meandering UMO instrumental, which almost sounds like it’s broadcasting through an old radio from miles away. Nielson’s voice is unique, surely, and well suited to UMO’s sound, but, as a huge fan, I hope to hear some feature vocals on new material. The production is so good that it can elevate any singer, pushing him or her out of their natural habitat and into the woozy world of UMO.


Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix) 


Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Frends

Thanks to everyone that came out to Noctambule last week –

You could have been anywhere in the world but you’re here with me, I appreciate that.”

It was dope kicking it with a bunch of you so thanks for all the love, I can’t tell you how much it means to me.

Anyways, I’ve been going from gig to gig since that party and have probably slept a good 12 hours total in the last 3 days. Nevertheless the show must go on and the week is just beginning so let’s keep it up. I’ve been playing a lot of dance music lately and as much as I love it listening to nothing but four on the floor will drive anyone crazy so I’m in dire need of a break. I’m talking polar opposites here, no synths, no quantization, dirty, lo-fi sounding music to refresh the palate. That’s where Ffunny Frends by Unknown Mortal Orchestra comes in. I love it when a simple, not really great sounding song can still connect. Music is so flashy these days, so clean and perfect sounding and I’m the first to appreciate it but it’s always nice to remind ourselves that there are other ways to make music and express ourselves. This fuzzy guitar driven jam has summer lounging written all over it. I’m going to lay back and play this on repeat for another 10 minutes or so before getting back to work, enjoy.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Frends

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