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Joint Album of the Week: Alex Lahey and Yumi Zouma

Alex Lahey's I Love You Like a Brother Out Now via Dead Oceans and Yumi Zouma's Willowbank Out Now via Cascine

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This week we have a tie for Album of the Week, two albums we’ve been digging for awhile and both by artists who hail from south of the equator: Australia’s Alex Lahey and New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma. Below is info on each album.

Alex Lahey:

Alex Lahey is a promising new Australian singer/songwriter. She released her debut album, I Love You Like a Brother, today via Dead Oceans. Previously we posted the video for “Every Day’s the Weekend,” the audio for “Lotto in Reverse” (which was one of our Songs of the Week), and the video for “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). As the latter song’s title sets up, Lahey sings about not eating right and smoking, among other things. The video featured Lahey interacting with animation behind her that represents her vices. Check it out below, along with “Lotto in Reverse” and “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself,” as well as her upcoming tour dates.

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:

Tue. Oct. 26 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar
Fri. Oct. 27 - Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 - Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 - Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 - Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 - Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 - Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 - Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 - London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 - Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Sun. Nov. 12 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 - Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel - Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Read our rave 8/10 review of I Love You Like a Brother to get a more in-depth opinion on the album.

Yumi Zouma:

New Zealand indie-pop band Yumi Zouma released their sophomore album, Willowbank, today via Cascine. Previously they shared the Willowbank‘s first single, the truly wonderful pop song “December,” which was one of our favorite Songs of the Week, as well as the album opener “Depths (Pt. I)” (the album ends with “Depths (Pt. II)”), which was also one of our Songs of the Week, and “Persephone,” which was again a Song of the Week. Then there was a simple black & white video for “Half Hour” (which also was one of our Songs of the Week). Below are all those songs, followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

The band’s Josh Burgess had this to say about “Half Hour” in a press release: “The first time I experienced death in any significant way was when I was 7. My granddad died, and I still remember this feeling knowing that no he was no longer on the planet, and no matter how hard I searched, he could not be found - he ceased to exist. I worried that he needed someone to help him as he navigated his way into death. The line ‘I think I’ll need you when I die, when I’ve got no one on my side’ is one that I wrote a while ago, which for me, captures my biggest fear about dying. An intensely visceral experience with no assistance.”

The band’s Charlie Ryder had this to say about “Depths (Pt. I)” in a press release: “‘Depths’ is a song about life, love and temporary loss, and all the little moments in between that drag us to the edge of our existences. The people that take your crazy and run with it, turning life upside down in the process, with no regard for the consequences when they forget about you for the day. In parallel, the song explores the ways that we hopelessly fight against this process, as we try to cling onto reality and our sense of self, when really, we should all be letting go before it’s too late.”

Yumi Zouma Tour Dates:

Fri. Oct. 6 - London, UK @ Omeara
Sun. Oct. 8 - Brighton, UK @ The Joker
Mon. Oct. 9 - Paris, FR @ L’Espace B
Wed. Oct. 11 - Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Musikkens Hus - Ideal Bar
Thu. Oct. 12 - Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
Sun. Oct. 15 - Amsterdam, NL @ Sugarfactory
Wed. Oct. 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater*
Thu. Oct. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
Fri. Oct. 20 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
Sat. Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza*
Mon. Oct. 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^
Tue. Oct. 24 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall ^
Wed. Oct. 25 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge ^
Thu. Oct. 26 - Boston, MA @ Lilypad ^
Fri. Oct. 27 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz ^
Sat. Oct. 28 - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha ^

*w/ Chad Valley
^ w/ She-Devils

Read our rave 8/10 review of Willowbank to get a more in-depth opinion on the album.

Album of the Week Runner-ups (Also Released This Week):

Blue Hawaii: Tenderness (Arbutus)

Benjamin Clementine: I Tell a Fly (Capitol)

Cults: Offering (Sinderlyn)

Deradoorian: Eternal Recurrence (Anticon)

Ducktails: Jersey Devil (New Images)

Liam Gallagher: As You Were (Warner Bros./Parlophone)

Kele Okereke: Fatherland (BMG)

Mister Heavenly: Boxing the Moonlight (Polyvinyl)

The Weather Station: The Weather Station (Paradise of Bachelors)

Weaves: Wide Open (Kanine)

Wolf Parade: Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop)

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