The Umbrella Sequence - Events
Producer, Composer, Performer, Album Artwork, 2007
In 2007, The Umbrella Sequence released our 2nd LP, Events, on Princess Records.
Events is what I consider to be the definitive Umbrella Sequence record. The majority of the tracks were recorded at The Devil's Workshop (the NE Minneapolis space now known as The Pearl) on 2" 24-track Studer. All vocals and overdubs were done in our large, shared NE house which we had made into a studio. The control room was off the living room in a little parlor / sun room. We had xlr cables running all over the house. There were amps in bedrooms and mics at the end of the hall. The window closing at the end of the record was recorded in Ryan's bedroom one rainy night.
Andy Lageson engineered again for us, mostly at the Devil's Workshop, and I did most of the work at the house.
NPR's Second Stage (now known as All Songs Considered) described us this way: "the Minneapolis, Minn. group makes synth-drizzled, melodic rock with heavily processed beats that crackle with an addictive, blissful energy."
City Pages called it "organic, beautiful, and utterly human."
Pop Matters said "Amidst its left and right turns, the genuine, very human heart of Events beats most lucidly on “At the Great Lake”, a stunner of balance and slow-cooked musicianship. Its streaks of woozy steel guitar are the first treat, but the real meat comes in its collage of buildups and drop-downs: a prickly calmness segues into trembling electrics which dive into soothing organ clicks and later resurge. Like the whole of Events, “Lake” consciously careens from passage to passage, from pace to pace, seeking out melodies of different stripes."
Released May 11, 2007 @ the 400 Bar
Lineup at this time:
jacob swogger = guitar/laptop/keyboards
marshall baltzell = drums/percussion
ryan masterson = bass/bass synth
ryan rupprecht = keyboards/vocals