An entanglement of gypsy rock, world music, exotic pop, and eastern
European folk, Proper Cowboy from Diego's Umbrella is
multi-flavored, multi-faceted, and multi-textured. Cords of Russian-style
chorus line kicks are a recurring theme throughout the album, braided
in melodic processions with circus-inspired fanfare. Produced by the
Rondo Brothers and Diego's Umbrella, Proper Cowboy has
an ethnic palette that integrates harmoniously with melodic rock standards.
Band members Vaughn Lindstrom, Jake Wood, Tyson
Maulhardt, Jason Kleinberg, and Benjamin Leon inject
subtle nuances such as splashing tambourines and sparkling sonic effects
into the main themes, like in "Through Mexican Budapest."
The melodic rock flourishes of "Downtown" are haloed in
soaring strings with reggae-tinged beats in the center. The carnival-style
motifs of "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" have an exotic,
serpentine swagger with horns and percussion plowing catchy rhythmic
The rotating guitar loops rafting "Richardson" are streaked
in rapid drumbeats and tambourine shimmies. The vocal hooks on the
track are emotive, elongating and accentuating syllables while elevated
in gyrating percussions. The lyrics tell of a tale of forbidden love,
"And she / The youngest daughter of a chambermaid / Now the Earl's
slave / Sold by her former King for a hefty fee / He was a boy / Who
was recently hired by the magistrate / To be a slave mate / An infectious,
agrarian, hard-working boy / It was love / In the little known land
of Richardson / Which is next to Pilkington / But here it was forbid."
The vocals have character and the music exudes charm coalescing gypsy
pop with melodic rock fissures in "Big Star." The galloping
gait of "Bulletproof Shine" is layered in swirling movements
while "Tightrope" is a steady stream of sedate aerials.
The wingspan of the vocals in "Moneymaker" complements the
dance grooves, contrasting the Americana/Old West shading of the instruments
in "Amsterdam #1." A chassis of billowing bass drum rolls
switches to the jamboree setting of "Amsterdam #2," massing
into a symphonic rock whirlwind of puffing horns and crisp rhythmic
strikes. The vocals resonate with the impulse to reach out to audiences
and affect them, motivate them to move into action with chorus parts
that tell, "We live / We die / We learn to bleed / We learn to
cry / We learn to hurt / We learn to heal / We learn to love / We
learn to feel / And let go
just let go."
Diego's Umbrella take gypsy pop and modern melodic rock to a level
where the cultures of Eastern Europe and the western hemispheres
meet. The music represents old world cultures blended with new world
concepts. The merging of the two idioms in the hands of Diego's
Umbrella radiate harmony.
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