The June Umbrella – The June Umbrella (2007)
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Review by Jamie Lyon
According to their bio, The June Umbrella are a four-piece band from Eugene, Oregon with a lofty mission to “stand beside themselves and document these strange days in a beautiful way. To create sound with which listeners may empathize, and thus find some small fulfillment.”
To quote our fearless leader, “mission accomplished.”
The June Umbrella’s singer/songwriter, Brian Hall, borrows heavily from the Death Cab palette, and guitarist/vocalist Josiah Henley brings more than a hint of U2-esque atmospherics. Mix in a little Polyphonic Spree, a little Sufjan Stevens, and a little Mew, and you get a glimmering, engaging, smart, and very listenable EP which benefits from some truly pristine production.