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Yumi Zouma Share Video for New Song “KPR”

On Tour This Fall; New EP Forthcoming

Sep 13, 2023 Photography by Marisa Suda Bookmark and Share


New Zealand alt-pop group Yumi Zouma have shared a new song, “KPR,” via a music video directed by the band. The band say its first single from an upcoming EP (details of which are TBA). Yumi Zouma are touring North America this fall. Check out the song and tour dates below.

The band’s last album, Present Tense, came out in 2022 via Polyvinyl. The band features Christie Simpson, Josh Burgess, Charlie Ryder, and Olivia Campion.

The band collectively had this to say about “KPR” in a press release: “All four of us are New Zealanders, but we live between NZ, the US, and the UK, which makes it difficult to spend time physically together. This was a particular challenge during the pandemic, which made the creation of our last album Present Tense a fully remote process. However, last year, we played over 70 shows in 13 countries, including one show and 24 hours in Japan—a fleeting glimpse which planted a seed that Tokyo could be a good middle point for us to meet again to write and record one day.”

“And so, it transpired—over three weeks in April and May, we wrote and recorded at Studio Mech, a studio based in the quiet neighbourhood of Yutenji, south of Shibuya. Working in a different environment without the pressures of being on tour was a new experience, while the mix of routine and residency brought us all closer together. The sessions also sparked new creative conversations—this was the first time Olivia had been able to join the group for each step of making a record, and the proximity of organic instruments in the studio for sharing ideas meant that songs primarily became established on the guitars and pianos around us, instead of software instruments shared wirelessly between our laptops at home.

“The result is our fourth EP, and ninth Yumi Zouma record overall—a fuller, more natural-sounding collection of recordings crammed full of cascading piano lines, pummelling drums, chorused gang vocal takes, and waves of distorted guitars. Particularly inspired by the sounds of ’90s noise, shoegaze, and midwestern emo, these new songs push the band’s signature dream pop sheen to new extremes, exemplified by the bursts of screeching feedback and spoken word on lead single ‘KPR,’ and the overdriven screams in the bridge of the anthemic ‘be okay.’ There are even surprises during the record’s more classic Yumi Zouma moments, such as the naked, intimate vocals in the coda to ‘Kicking Up Daisies,’ and Olivia’s joyous shout of ‘whoo!’ before the piano-led second verse of the alt-folk-leaning ‘Desert Mile.’”

The tracks on the EP were mixed by Kenny Gilmore (Weyes Blood, Julia Holter, Chris Cohen), Jake Aron (Grizzly Bear, Snail Mail, Solange), Tom Healy (The Chills, Tiny Ruins, Marlon Williams) and Simon Gooding (Fazerdaze, Neil Finn, Dua Lipa). Antoine Chabert (Daft Punk, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christine & The Queens) mastered the EP.

Burgess had this to add about the EP: “The time we spent together writing and recording this EP will forever be one of my most cherished memories.”

While Ryder says the EP “is the best music we have ever released, without a shadow of a doubt—it feels like a very dramatic update to the world of who we are as a band.”

The EP’s exact title, tracklist, cover artwork, and release date all have yet to be announced.

Yumi Zouma’s 2020 album, Truth or Consequences, was featured on our Top 100 Albums of 2020 list.

Read our COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check-In interview with the band’s Charlie Ryder.

In March 2020, we posted our My Firsts interview with the band, which can be read here.

Read our 2017 interview with Yumi Zouma on their second album Willowbank.

Yumi Zouma North American Tour Dates:

10/3/2023 / Crystal Ballroom / Allston, MA
10/4/2023 / The Lounge at World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
10/5/2023 / Tellus 360 / Lancaster, PA
10/6/2023 / Woodlands Tavern / Columbus, OH
10/7/2023 / Lincoln Hall / Chicago, IL
10/10/2023 / Wonder Ballroom / Portland, OR
10/11/2023 / Fortune Sound Club / Vancouver, BC
10/12/2023 / Madame Lou’s / Seattle, WA
10/13/2023 / The Shakedown / Bellingham, WA
10/15/2023 / Bimbo’s 365 Club / San Francisco, CA
10/17/2023 / Lodge Room / Los Angeles, CA
10/19/2023 / Foro Indie Rocks! / Mexico City, MX
11/1/2023 / The Masquerade - Purgatory / Atlanta, GA
11/2/2023 / Motorco Music Hall / Durham, NC
11/3/2023 / Black Cat / Washington, DC
11/4/2023 / Elsewhere / Brooklyn, NY

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