U.N.I. Is the new single from Mating Ritual, an indie pop duo from LA. Previously working as Pacific Air, Ryan Marshall Lawson created Mating Ritual as a solo project when his brother Taylor decided to go back to school. Over time, Mating Ritual become more collaborative however, and the brothers realised they missed making music together. The result is an old partnership but with a (relatively) new name.
With a five-albums-in-five-years plan, Mating Ritual are already on their third album, Hot Content, which is due for release on 10 May on Ryan’s own label Smooth Jaws.
U.N.I. is shiny like a diamond and glossy like satin - a slightly tongue-in-cheek reimagining of pop that calls to mind Chromeo. With a sexually charged atmosphere, the track ultimately feels aloof, or in denial... the equivalent of 10cc’s I’m Not In Love, only instead of repeating a lie, U.N.I. buries the truth by single it with a matter-of-fact coolness, dancing through a heartbreak. The video is also interesting and visually impressive - a great accompaniment to the song itself.