The Venus Umbrella

Holiday

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Inspiring and reflective, this mix of post-'80s punk and distortion-laden pop/rock is a surefire way to burn the day away in relaxing fashion. As a group, they call themselves the Venus Umbrella, a beautifully choreographed group not only through the tones of their music, but their energy and artistic stage presence on stage. Lead vocalist Amanda Oh is very expressive and charming on stage, using both her three octave range and dancing talent to create a haunting atmosphere at times, other times dreamy and romantic. Holiday is a soothing getaway from the hectic situations listeners find themselves in each and every day. And at least they can enjoy a holiday-like pleasure through the song, if not an actual trip to the water park. "Fly" rings with the mesmerizing message of a unpleasant breakup between boy and girl, noting "and then he pulls your heart through your throat." The feeling of the second track can be looked upon as mostly eerie and filled with overtones of being trapped in a space void. "Candylove" is a passionate, gripping message of need and longing; "take my hand, I'm am drowning, I see you flying high above me, please, please take my hand, I am falling again," sings Oh. A bonus track on this three-song promo record is "Exactly What She Wants," featuring a flavorful vocal style and catchy guitar lead riff. A pleasure to listen to for a band of talented musicians with charisma and dashing personality. This is the music played by a young band, heading in the right direction, looking ahead patiently for a bright future to arrive at their doorstep.

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