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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Oregon-based New Zealand psychedelic rock band was recorded during the same session as Sex & Food.
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  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Avant-Garde Jazz
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  1. 75
    It’s an album that sets out to excite and take risks and be messy. Alternately visceral and cerebral, and building with a whole new set of tools, UMO’s second release this year feels like a band bursting from their bubble; saying plenty about both Nielson’s fevered creativity, and the future of his cherished project.
  2. Oct 23, 2018
    70
    As a whole, it feels less like a sketchbook come to life and more like a laboratory of hermetic fusion jazz and avant-garde rock, which isn't to say it's devoid of charm.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 23, 2018
    70
    It's an austere, difficult listen, but it's frequently thrilling. [Dec 2018, p.33]
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 23, 2018
    60
    If a tad skronky in parts and slight at 28 minutes, the deep grooves of IC-01 pull you in. [Dec 2018, p.114]
  5. Mojo
    Oct 23, 2018
    60
    Amid the jams and Vietnamese trim, neat ideas coalesce. [Dec 2018, p.94]
  6. Oct 26, 2018
    60
    ‘Hanoi 4’ is a driving, groove-led funk workout, while ‘Hanoi 5’ pits all kind of warped gurgles against a nocturnal jazz saxophone. They’re stranger, more direct beasts without the foil of Ruban’s soft vocal and often all the more ominous for it.
  7. Oct 25, 2018
    60
    Overall, IC-01 Hanoi is interesting and shows that the band does have impressive range, but it's not quite an essential piece of the UMO puzzle.

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