Yumi Zouma – “Keep It Close To Me”

Yumi Zouma have been making soft, ever-so-delicate waves with their beautifully aqueous pop music for a couple of years now, but they’re finally getting around to releasing a debut full-length next month. The band members live in Auckland, Paris, and New York, but they came together to write the forthcoming Yoncalla while on tour, making it the first batch of songs that they’ve actually worked in the same place at the same time. That added directness and intimacy shines through in the music — first single “Keep It Close To Me” is probably the closest thing to a capital-P pop song that these guys have ever done, finding a new clarity in the sparkling breathiness that they do so well. Listen below via Gorilla vs Bear.

Here’s Yoncalla’s tracklist:

01 “Barricade (Matter Of Fact)”
02 “Text From Sweden”
03 “Keep It Close To Me”
04 “Haji Awali”
05 “Remember You At All”
06 “Yesterday”
07 “Better When I’m By Your Side”
08 “Short Truth”
09 “Hermisphere”
10 “Drachma”

Tour dates:

05/04 Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke (w/ Doprah)
05/05 Dunedin, NZ @ Re Fuel (w/ Doprah)
05/06 Auckland, NZ @ The Crystal Palace (w/ Doprah)
05/07 Wellington, NZ @ Meow (w/ Doprah)
05/25 San Francisco, CA @ Brick + Mortar (w/ Maria Usbeck)
05/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos (w/ Maria Usbeck)
05/28 Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust (w/ Maria Usbeck)
06/02 Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs)
06/08 Washington, DC @ DC9
06/10 Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
06/11 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
06/21 London, UK @ Moth Club
06/22 Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère
06/23 Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory Small Hall
06/24 Berlin, DE @ Karrera Klub Birthday Bash at Bi Nuu
09/12 Tokyo, Japan @ WWW 
09/13 Nagoya, Japan @ Tokuzo
09/14 Osaka, Japan @ Pangea

Yoncalla is out 5/27 on Cascine.

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