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mUmbo – Don’t Even Mind The Rain | Dreamy Arpreggios

London duo Doug MacGowan and Emma Semple aka mUmbo give us a mesmerizing alternative song with their latest release Don’t Even Mind The Rain. Doug is a veteran in the blues and folk scene having toured with artists like English folk singer-songwriter Wizz Jones and Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch to name a few. Emma is a visual artist and classical and theatre musician having been trained by Hungarian virtuoso, Professor Nicholas Roth and composed music for several bands, music ensembles, and theatre productions.

Emma’s dreamy vocals and harmonizing range from whispering to crooning. There is a good amalgamation of bright guitar harmonies with intricate vocal layering. The 90s-style adult contemporary guitar rock arrangements remind one of Alanis Morisette, Sara Bareilles, Neko Case, and other alternative rock pop acts. With their fresh approach mUmbo manages to bring fresh veneer to eternal themes. While they have their roots in Americana, Blues, and British/Celtic music, mUmbo manages to put an alternative country rock approach to these genres.

Behind the stupor of the vocal and guitar tapestry is concealed some very on-point drumming by Italian virtuoso drummer Antonio Dalé from his Lake Garda studio in Northern Italy. This ensures the rhythm section gives a good foundation to the harmonic facade. The song explores themes around relationships may it be hope and love or regret and sadness. Within these emerge quiet optimism and bright heartache. The song is based on personal experiences while managing to create universal relatability. Don’t Even Mind The Rain is an innovative alternative rock song that mixes melancholy and joy with beautiful aural soundscapes.

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