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(CBS) Sometimes the delight in a recording that sounds this lo-fi is the way all the voices and instruments can blend together.

On "Little Blu House" by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the thumping kick drum and bass line merge to propel the track forward while layers of voices singing about a "little blu house sitting high on the mountainside" are accented by bright guitar work. There's also an agile guitar solo around the 1:30 mark. The song is pretty easy to bop along with.

(Listen to "Little Blu House" below)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's self-titled debut runs the gamut from funkish rock to jittery pop to riff-based psychedelic romp. The band's bio refers to frontman and New Zealand native Ruban Nielson's "vision of junkshop record collector pop" and that's accurate. Just about every sound you'd ever want to find in a used record store is represented by this group.

UMO is rounded out by Jake Portrait on bass and Julien Ehrlich on drums. Read more about them here.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Little Blu House" by fatpossum

See UMO live:

July 22 - Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle
July 23 - Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
July 24 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Ore.
July 26 - The Independent, San Francisco
July 27 - The Independent, San Francisco
July 28 - Cellar Door, Visalia, Calif.
July 29 - The Casbah, San Diego
July 30 - Troubadour, Los Angeles

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