The album is full of tracks with excellent titles - we can't wait for "Major League Chemicals" and "Chronos Feasts On His Children" - and sees UMO veering towards a louder, scruffier direction to tackle themes of consumerism, positivity, and "the strangeness of our times".
Ruban Nielson & Co. recorded the album across the globe, in cities such as Seoul, Hanoi, Reykjavik, Mexico City, Auckland, and Portland.
"'American Guilt' is an attempt to capture some of the feelings floating around these days," says Nielson of the new song. "In a perverse way I wanted to embrace this abandoned genre of rock music that I keep reading is 'dead' and invite people to hear what this living dead genre sounds like in the UMO universe. It was recorded in Hanoi, Vietnam during monsoon season in a studio built for traditional Vietnamese music. Additional recording was done in Mexico City but our sessions were interrupted by one of the devastating earthquakes that occurred there last year. As we slept in the Parque de Mexico, unable to get back to our Airbnb, we heard a man yell 'Viva la Mexico!' and I put this in the song out of respect for them."