New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma sent the blogs buzzing when their single “The Brae” was released in early 2014, captivating the “indiesphere” with its unique take on timeless, sun-soaked dream-pop. Like “The Brae,” EP I creates a world of its own sending you back to the days of silky-soft disco. The record centers on a relationship gone (or, at least, going) south. But with its shimmering, airy melodies, EP I ignorantly shines and sparkles like the disco ball it emulates.
A year later, Yumi Zouma continues to dwell in glimmering nostalgia on EP II. “Alena,” the lead single, creates the most dance-inducing moment in the bands young catalogue and manages to out-disco even themselves. But EP II’s best track, “Catastrophe,” is actually a bit of a bummer. “I don’t have a clue what’s happening,” sings Kim Pflaum as a love triangle is exposed and she delivers a less-than-optimistic ultimatum to her lover. But just like on EP I, the music plays ignorantly on, perhaps brighter than ever.
I’m still not exactly sure what it is about Yumi Zouma that makes them so irresistible and so capable of creating this wistful, yearning, gut-wrenching feeling inside of me. All I can say with certainty is that there is something special about these guys. 9/10
EP I: #3 “The Brae” / #1 “A Long Walk Home for Parted Lovers”
EP II: #3 “Catastrophe” / #5 “Song for Zoe & Gwen” / #2 “Alena”