Ryan Marquez, the main man of The Umbrella Puzzles, lists Gerry Love, Grant McLennan and Peter Astor among his music inspirations. Listening to Ryan's jangling creations on his newest release it seems to us that he has been well and truly inspired. The songs on A Slowly Dawning Realization are lo fi, but definitely a thoughtful, finished product. Mid-tempo twang and jangle, but with plenty of drive and bounce, it is a very pleasant listen that rewards repeated listens.
Ryan's other projects are Apple Orchard and Golden Teardrops. With The Umbrella Puzzles added to the mix, it seems to us that the California musician is building a fine body of work.
A Slowly Dawning Realization is out now in digital and CD formats via Subjangle Records.