Listen To Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Brand New Funk-Driven Single ‘First World Problem’

Written by Zana Rose on 27th May, 2016

Listen To Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Brand New Funk-Driven Single ‘First World Problem’

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have premiered their new single First World Problem, their first new release since last year’s acclaimed album Multi Love.

Frontman Ruban Nielson explained the song’s meaning in a press release, stating: “I think First World Problem is about modern love in a crumbling empire. The feeling that you’re trying to build your life and get what you need while a decadent world falls apart around you.”

The song kicks off with a blast of energetic horn lines, 90’s synths and Nile Rodgers-esque chinky percussive funk guitar, which are met by warm boppy disco bass and Nielson’s distinctive voice.

The band also recently covered the Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Street, featured on Day of the Dead, and will be performing this tune on Conan on June 7th.

Listen to First World Problem below.

Photo: Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The Metro, Sydney 2015 / Photo By Maria Boyadgis


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