New Zealand-based band Yumi Zouma is about to embark on their first solo tour with their debut album. Despite these two firsts, they’re far from unprepared. With their first EP, Yumi Zouma attracted the attention of Australian musician Chet Faker and had the opportunity to tour with him across North America and Australia, and then played two EPs to massive audiences in support of Lorde. It may be their first solo tour, but they sure are ready to dive in.
While their music has always been dreamy, their forthcoming album, Yoncalla, is transcendent. All of the songs conjure up feelings of getaway, and could make even the most dull airport security lines seem sweetly mysterious. It doesn’t seem like a far stretch to say this wanderlust emotion is distilled within their sound because of the distance they cross with their music—the members of Yumi Zouma live on the opposite sides of the world. Despite the distance, Yoncalla carves out a distinct spot for them in the music scene; the band now sounds fully formed and grown.
Prior to the release of their new single "Short Truth," we had the chance to chat with members Christie Simpson, Charlie Ryder, and Josh Burgess. Listen to the song while the conversation unfolds, below.