The world may never know how a group of polite Midwestern boys could get together and create such a striking and affecting blend of pop-driven indie-rock, but that mystery only adds to the appeal of the Minneapolis band The Umbrella Sequence. In the year and a half that the band has been carving their name into the scene, The Umbrella Sequence has played alongside an eclectic mix of bands, including Ash (Infectious Records), Elliott (Revelation Records), Ill Lit (Badman Recordings) and Saturday Looks Good To Me (Polyvinyl Records).
This four song EP is a perfect introduction in anticipation for their upcoming full length "Sparkler Cliche". This four song teaser captures their broad range of instrumentation and experimental sound, culminating in a collection of songs that are dreamy and delicate one second, and wonderfully ragged the next. The result is an emotional roller coaster of tracks that draw the listener in and leaves them happily trapped in layers of melodic harmonies, texture, and intricate orchestral swings.
The band achieves this feat with a menagerie of instruments, including Moogs, a Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizers, and drum machine, as well as the organic rock staples of live drums, guitars, and fretless bass. Overlaying this sweep of instrumentation are plaintive and hauntingly enchanting vocals.