Song of the Week: ‘Dancing Dimensions’ by Ural Thomas & the Pain

The Portland soul legend is back with a spacey, satisfying new single.

By Conner Reed March 4, 2022

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Portland soul legend Ural Thomas is back. The octogenarian showman was raised in the Rose City, went off to perform at the Apollo in the ’50s and ’60s, and then returned home, pulling together a band called the Pain in 2013 with whom he's steadily released music ever since. Ural Thomas and the Pain's most recent LP, The Right Time, dropped in 2018, and this week, the group announced a followup.

Dancing Dimensions arrives June 3, and its titular lead single dropped yesterday, complete with a deeply insane, must-watch music video where Thomas rides space dinosaurs and plays the moon. (To say nothing of giant snails or the moment when a multitude of Urals line up in inside a black hole like the many Taylors Swift in the "Look What You Made Me Do" clip.) 

All the galactic kitsch is fitting. "Dancing Dimensions" is more spaced out than what we're used to hearing from Thomas, and the sound suits him: smeary Tame Impala harmonies wrap around a reliably sharp groove, and the whole thing has welcome echoes of Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder.

You can check out the full music video below, and below that, take a peek at Portland Monthly's Songs of the Week playlist, updated every Friday.

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