Ruban Nielson Reworks Silicon’s “Cellphone”

Ruban Nielson Reworks Silicon's "Cellphone"

When it comes to the brothers Nielson, their music is often a family affair. Starting off together in New Zealand as bandmates in the Flying Nun band The Mint Chicks, Ruban and Kody Nielson continue to work together to this day. As the co-writer for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s APRA Silver Scroll-winning song (and stand-out from this year critically acclaimed album of the same name) “Multi-Love,” Kody Nielson also writes and releases music under the name SILICON (whose debut album was released earlier this fall on Weird World/Domino). The brothers decided earlier this year that they would each take a stab at one of the other’s songs, so today, we’re sharing Ruban’s rework of SILICON’s song “Cellphone,” featuring Ruban’s vocals and added instrumentation. Stay tuned for SILICON’s take on a UMO song. If you think really hard, we bet you can guess which song it will be. Here’s what Ruban had to say about his brother and their collaborations:

“My brother was an important part of the recording process of Multi-Love, especially with the drums and keyboards. Kody’s SILICON album, God Emoji, extends a lot of the tones and ideas we put into Multi-Love, so I think you’ll enjoy it a lot.”

Perhaps news that is just as big and exciting as the brotherly collaboration is the announcement of 2016 North American tour dates with the amazing Lower Dens supporting. If these shows are like any of the previous US tour dates, they sure to sell-out in advance, so be sure to get your tickets now. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 16th.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Oct. 29-31 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Nov. 1 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Nov. 2 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
Nov. 3 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 6 – Zurich, CH @ Aktionshalle
Nov. 7 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
Nov. 8 – Geneva, CH @ Usine
Nov. 9 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marche Gare
Nov. 11 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Armazem F
Nov. 14 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon Iksv
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3
Dec. 3 – Perth, AUS @ Astor Theatre
Dec. 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Metro Theatre
Dec. 5 – Berry, AUS @ Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 6 – Brisbane, AUS @ Triffid
Dec. 8 – Richmond, AUS @ Corner Hotel
Dec. 9 – Melbourne, AUS @ 170 Russell
Dec. 11-13 – Meredith, AUS @ Meredith Music Festival
Dec. 12 – Auckland, NZ @ St. James Theatre
Dec. 14 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega
Dec. 15 – Christchurch, NZ @ Allen St
Dec. 16 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel
Dec. 17 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel
Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre*
Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune*
Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall*
Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory*
Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre*
Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s*
Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers*
Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees*
Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans*
Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*
Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In*
Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel*
Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National*
Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*
Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*

* w/ Lower Dens supporting