Yumi Zouma announce new album, Willowbank, share lovely single “December”: Stream

The New Zealand dream pop purveyors also line up a North American fall tour


    Photo by Aaron Lee

    Yumi Zouma revealed their debut album, Yoncalla, to the world last year. Now, just a little over 12 months later, and they’re prepping its follow-up. Titled Willowbank, it’s slated to hit shelves on October 6th through Cascine Records.

    Spanning 12 tracks, the new album was recorded entirely in the group’s home country of New Zealand. Specifically, Yumi Zouma holed up in a studio “in Christchurch’s semi-demolished CBD, on one of the few remaining blocks that still characterizes the city from before it was destroyed by a series of earthquakes.”

    According to the band, being back on familiar ground played a huge role in the completion of Willowbank. “It was as though there was a brief pause in all of our lives and we finally felt like a band from New Zealand,” guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Josh Burgess explained in a press statement. “We were on home turf and creating from a place that felt fundamentally natural.”


    Yumi Zouma’s recording sessions stretched well into the holidays, hence lead single “December”, which has been released today alongside the LP news. Blissful and hazy to the touch, it’s a beguiling piece of dream pop that also incorporates a lot of the same shoegaze shimmer they used on their recent Oasis cover.

    Hear it down below.

    Willowbank Artwork:

    unnamed 16 Yumi Zouma announce new album, Willowbank, share lovely single December: Stream

    Willowbank Tracklist:
    01. Depths (Pt. I)
    02. Persephone
    03. December
    04. Half Hour
    05. Us, Together
    06. Gabriel
    07. Carnation
    08. In Blue
    09. Other People
    10. A Memory
    11. Ostra
    12. Depths (Pt. II)


    To promote the forthcoming album, the New Zealand outfit will tour North America this fall.

    Yumi Zouma 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
    10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    10/20 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    10/21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
    10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    10/24 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
    10/25 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
    10/26 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad
    10/27 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
    10/28 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha

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