“We’re just your average trans-European, multi-lingual, art-school, post-punk, techno-inspired, über-
group/circus-troop/diaeresis”. That’s The Umlauts there, attempting to describe the matrix-like
myriad of influences that they’ve somehow managed to gel together to create the beguiling sounds
of their new EP, Another Fact.
If that description sounds to you like a group that favour the equivalent freedom of throwing paint
at the canvas and seeing what happens then it may have some element of truth. On their debut EP
Ü, the four-piece revelled in the crackling energy brought by forming a band first and peeling back
the layers of its members later.
Although The Umlauts’ genesis is in Stroud, thanks to song writing partners Alfred Lear and Oliver
Offord, the addition of visual artists Annabelle Mödlinger and Maria Vittoria Faldini as lyricists and
vocalists, after meeting at art college in London, blew the group wide open in terms of what they
could do creatively. As such, Ü’s tightly hewn mix of mechanical synth-pop, spiky no wave and
bristling post-punk bore the hallmarks of a band exhilaratingly committing ideas as quickly as they
could have them. Audiences were just as excited to receive them. The group played a memorable
End of the Road Festival slot for their fourth ever show, and have since picked up slots at Wide
Awake, Pitchfork Music Festival London and tour support with Shame, among others, as well as
taking in airplay and plaudits from BBC 6music, NME, Loud & Quiet and more.
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