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Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Puppet Video For 'That Life'

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Puppet Video For 'That Life'

Chris Cudby / Thursday 5th August, 2021 9:54AM

While Unknown Mortal Orchestra recently declared online "THERE IS NO ALBUM", fans ought to be pretty well chuffed with 'That Life', the second official single from Ruban Nielson's world conquering project since 2018's Sex & Food. Following swiftly on from June's working class anthem 'Weekend Run', the new song wiggles under your skin with help from a fabulously executed puppet video created by Double Solitaire — taking its somewhat hedonistic protagonist from luxury poolside to desert-scape and beyond. While definitely a groove-packed bop for work and / or play, there's a dark reflective undercurrent to 'That Life' that suggests a much more complicated world outside of "all day swimming under the palm trees". Can cosmic revelation come from simply getting wasted and hitting the great outdoors? Would that be a good thing if it could?

"I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, 'That Life,' I was imaging the same kind of 'Where's Waldo' (or 'Where's Wally' as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun." - Ruban Nielson

'That Life' is out now via Jagjaguwar.


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