Release Date 03/10/2015
Yumi Zouma began as a project in 2013 between three friends from Christchurch, New Zealand. The songs were never intended to leave the equipment they were composed on, but following a casual exchange with the Cascine label, it was clear that the music was too good to be confined to hard drives. The following six months were spent readying a humble four-track release. In January 2014, their debut EP launched to overwhelming acclaim – the music lauded as being undeniably stylish, underplayed and honest. The months that followed saw the band repeatedly climb to #1 on the Hype Machine, sell through two pressings of records and collaborate with longtime musical role models, Air France. That spring, Yumi Zouma took their once-withdrawn project to sold-out theaters across Australia supporting Chet Faker, to club shows in North America and to festivals throughout Europe. The band was then tapped by Lorde to open for the star on her arena tour of New Zealand. Yumi Zouma now returns with their much-anticipated second EP, bookending their era of intimate and restrained short-form releases. The new tracks are just as effortless and engaging as expected, but they also tell the story of a band evolving. Lush, electronic productions buoy key tracks and the vocal deliveries are increasingly sophisticated. International tour dates are currently being routed.
"innocently romantic while packing a breezy, sunlit groove." -SPIN
"an effortless cascade of echoing riffs and enchanting harmonies converging into a mirage of dream-pop purity" -Pitchfork
"the airy elegance of a discofied Fleetwood Mac tune." -The Guardian