A Slowly Dawning Realization, the full-length debut album from Californian lo-fi indie pop project The Umbrella Puzzles, was one of my favorite releases of last year. The good news is that there is a new EP, even better news is that On The Meadow is just as fun as its predecessor. All five tracks here are lovable jangle pop gems, but each tune has something unique that will make your ears prick up. Our friend Evan Seurkamp (The Laughing Chimes) plays 12-string guitar on Get What You Want, but otherwise everything you hear – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboard, harmonica – is the work of Ryan Marquez. You can see the singer-songwriter in action below: it seems so simple what he does, but few have the gift to create songs that are each so strong that you can’t really choose which one to share.
On The Meadow is out now digitally and on CD through Subjangle.