7/10 Sam Customer review, 2nd February 2016
This EP consists of five acoustic tracks; three of them being renditions of songs from UMO's "II" album (Swim and Sleep, Faded in the Morning, So Good at Being in Trouble), and the other two being covers of other artists' material (Dirty Projectors' "Swing Lo Magellan" and Beck's "Puttin' it Down"). The UMO tracks seem to translate pretty well to these stripped-down forms, but personally, you can't beat the original versions. "So Good..." probably does the best job of being 'acoustified', mainly because of how simple and soulful the song actually is, whereas the other two are more upbeat and 'riffy'. In my opinion, this EP really starts to shine when it enters cover territory. "Swing Lo Magellan" is god damn beautiful, and it's definitely my personal highlight of this release. The Beck cover is also superb! Although the recordings here are very minimal, and of course, lo-fi (in typical UMO fashion), vocal overdubs are present on all of these tracks to bulk up the overall sound, so don't expect a bunch of raw, one-take wonders. The packaging doesn't offer anything special, but the artwork is still killer. We've got a naked chick with a sword gracing the front cover, and a psilocybin wheel printed onto the label of the LP's unplayable side. Ace.
Nothing groundbreaking, but sounds decent and looks decent. Essential for existing UMO fans.
7/10 S.Westwood Customer review, 16th August 2015
Having Loved UMO's first two albums I was interested to hear this record. The albums opens with "Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)" of their second album, this version of the song is great and really lets the song shine. This is followed by the track "Faded in the Morning" which is a more slower song. However the pace returns with the third track "So Good At Being In Trouble" which sounds beautiful acoustic. This is followed by a more melancholy track "Swing Lo Magellan". The final track "Puttin It Down" is a great track to finish the album on.
Overall UMO fans will enjoy this album but its probably not the best way to get into the band and their music.
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