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Umlaut Vinyl, CD & tapes by Umlaut at Norman Records

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Umlaut feels a little close to the bone as a name for a band, but it gets a bit better when you realise that main man Bär McKinnon (who you might know from Secret Chiefs 3 and Mr. Bungle) has a genuine one himself. This new EP Arunachala is kind of Easter themed, which you don’t see so much. It’s an EP, but it's got seven tracks and almost as many musical styles packed in there.

To Your Poverty Quietly Go

This promises to be nice and wacky: Umlaut is the recording project of Bär McKinnon, who probably got a little warped from all that time he spent playing horns in Mr. Bungle. Working under the guidance of Mike Patton shows on this record of raucous left field pop -- these songs have flutes and saxophones, which is frankly a mad decision. Much of 'To Your Poverty Quietly Go' is an instrumental affair, showing off McKinnon's composing chops.