Yumi Zouma share video for new single "Half Hour" via The Fader

Yumi Zouma share video for new single "Half Hour" via The Fader

Yumi Zouma

Share New Single “Half Hour” via The Fader

New album Willowbank Out 6 October On Cascine

World Tour Begins Next Month

Watch video for “Half Hour” below


Fri 6 Oct – London, UK – Omeara (album launch party)
Sun 8 Oct – Brighton, UK – The Joker

“Perfect pop” – NPR Music

“Masters of wistful exhilaration and melancholy drift” – Stereogum


“Sun-smooched vocals, shuffly indie percussion, and guitar chirrups make it effortlessly summery, and it’ll be just as at home on the dancefloor as it will be soundtracking tranquil afternoons in baking heat.” – The Line of Best Fit

Yumi Zouma share their fourth and final single, “Half Hour,” from their new album, Willowbank, out 6th October on Cascine. Accompanying the single is a black and white video directed by the band themselves and premiering via The FADER, who said; “The gorgeously produced new song deals with a romance, but also an unshakable anxiety about what happens after we’re gone. “I think I’ll need you when I die/ When I’ve got no one on my side,” Christie Simpson and Josh Burgess sing together on the hook, their voices tangled over muted snaps and melodic guitar shimmers.”

Yumi Zouma’s Josh Burgess comments on the song, 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.”


Watch/Stream Yumi Zouma’s “Half Hour” Video



Limited edition Willowbank 12″s are pressed on baby blue vinyl and include sheet music for album highlight “Carnation” printed on premium cotton paper. Select limited edition LPs will also include hidden entry tickets to invite-only release parties in New York City and Los Angeles, featuring live and DJ sets from the band.

The band will be hitting the road for a worldwide tour next month, including an album release-day show at London’s Omeara on 6 October and a date at The Joker in Brighton on Sunday 8 October. See full dates below.

For the making of Willowbank, the members of Yumi Zouma settled on a plan to head home for the New Zealand summer. To complete what would become their first significant work written and recorded entirely in their home country, they rented 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.

Burgess says, “It was as though there was a brief pause in all of our lives and we finally felt like a band from New Zealand. We were on home turf and creating from a place that felt fundamentally natural.” That sensation was further underscored by Willowbank’s recording sessions falling over the cherished holiday season, during which the Yumis were surrounded by family. Burgess credits some of the small, often mundane Kiwi traditions of the time for influencing their mindset. “New Zealand has a distinct feel from Christmas to the end of January. Things shut down. It has a calming presence, it’s very peaceful.”

When you know it’s there, the feeling of rootedness is undeniable on Willowbank. Being connected to their origins on the bottom of the earth allowed the band’s members, Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, Christie Simpson and Sam Perry to craft another essential chapter in the Yumi Zouma storybook.



“Persephone” – https://soundcloud.com/cascine/yumi-zouma-persephone

“Depths (Pt. I)” – https://soundcloud.com/cascine/yumi-zouma-depths-pt-i

“December” – https://soundcloud.com/cascine/yumi-zouma-december


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


Pre-order Willowbank:

Spotify – http://bit.ly/willowbank-spotify

iTunes – http://bit.ly/willowbank-itunes

Cascine – http://bit.ly/willowbank-vinyl

Bandcamp – https://yumizouma.bandcamp.com/

Linkfire – https://lnk.to/willowbank

Willowbank artwork

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