Not too long ago, Pitchfork posted Ffunny Ffriends, a track from the purposely secretive Unknown Mortal Orchestra (“there’s barely a droplet of information about this band out there”, said P4K). Then yesterday, Flying Nun Records sent out a still-mysterious press release saying “After months locked in the basement below Flying Nun headquarters our audio exploration unit has resurfaced, having made contact with a group referred to only as the Unknown Mortal Orchestra.” The track included in the release which you can also stream or download below is Thought Ballune, a song strongly resembling a certain former Flying Nun band, who, at times, have been just as cryptic.
It turns out that Thought Ballune has also been floating around for a bit, as it was premiered on The Catbirdseat back at the beginning of June. Only time will tell but the songs are clearly on the same wave length as Screens/Bad Buzz Mint Chicks tracks — think Revolver-era Beatles guitar riffs with slightly warped vocals — and the vocal comes courtesy of Kody Nielson. Leave your guess in the comments section to who they might be and until the band is fully unveiled we’ll just keep rumour-mongering and piecing these fragments together until we figure it out.