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Umbrellas

Illuminaire

(The Militia Group; US: 25 Jul 2006; UK: Available as import)

Umbrellas is the band that Scott Windsor has created post-Lyndsay Diaries. Umbrellas cherish indie pop that isn’t “emo”, but has some of the same characteristics when emo bands go all soft and sappy. Windsor makes beautiful sounds on the lush and very rich “Boston White” that is terribly melodic and brings to mind the Manic Street Preachers after Richey’s disappearance. From there, the band opts for some electro-p,op hues on the Depeche Mode-meets-Savage Garden “Again & Again”. The dreamy quality to these songs is what makes the album shine and work perfectly, especially during the tender “Idle & Waiting”, as Windsor asks earnestly to play that chord one more time. Hell, even the cheesy, disco-centric “Angel or Demon” comes up smelling like roses. And the throwaway songs like “Thinking of You” are solid, recalling a cross between Baby Dayliner and the Cure in terms of sound. Umbrellas excel by wearing their melancholic hearts on their sleeves and creating very interesting backdrops, as is the case with “Dignified Exit Society”. “Ships” has that same sadness about it that is hard not to enjoy. Perfect for rainy, Sunday late afternoon solitary walks.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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