INTERVIEW: YUMI ZOUMA

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We recently got a chance to chat with the members of dream-pop trio Yumi Zouma about their new self titled EP released Feb 11th via Cascine, upcoming tour plans, and how they manage to create such amazing songs being split across 3 continents.
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s.o.t.r.- Tell us about your new self titled ep that just dropped 2/11?
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Charlie: Although we’re all New Zealanders, we live in different countries, so the EP was recorded between Paris, New York, and New Zealand. We sent everything between ourselves over the gmail. “A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers” was the first song we ever wrote together – that was the song that we sent to Cascine.
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Kim: I’d liken this EP to soul food – warm, delicious and you can share it with your friends.
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Josh: It’s a collection of songs we worked on when we could. They remind me of specific parts of the year actually. It’s like four seasons in 15 mins
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s.o.t.r.- Who’s the chick on the cover of your recent release?
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Kim: She’s our drawcard
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Josh: Someone I’d love to have dinner with
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Charlie: Miss Tennessee 1986
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s.o.t.r.- You guys are split between 3 cities Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Paris, who lives where? Do you guys ever meet up in the flesh? what are each of your roles when it comes to creating songs?
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Charlie: It’s actually a spread between Paris, Brooklyn, and Christchurch, which is our home city in the South Island of New Zealand. Yes we meet up when we can! We were last together about 3-4 months ago in Paris, and we’re all meeting up in New York next week.
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Josh: Greenpoint is in Brooklyn! There is a Brooklyn in Wellington, NZ so it could be that one too! I wish we saw each other more! I miss playing indoor soccer and then having a meal together.
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Kim: We live apart for the time being, but us Kiwis are never averse to long haul flights. Everything is indefinite.
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s.o.t.r.-Can you name some of your musical influences? What are you currently listening to?
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Kim: I just ordered the new St. Vincent vinyl with the bonus golden triangle – so until that arrives I’m entertaining myself with the any of the tracks I can get my hands on.
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Josh: Big fan of the Marissa Nadler album that just came out. Also really enjoyed the inc album last year. Lots of NZ music as I am a bit homesick this winter. Secret Knvies, Shocking Pinks, Voom and The Verlaines have been booming in my headphones
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Charlie: Bic Runga and Fur Patrol
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s.o.t.r.- Do you have any Tour plans or live performances scheduled?
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Kim: If it involves an endless summer I’m there.
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Josh: Soon soon soon!
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Charlie: We’re organizing this now.. our first dates will probably be at a Cascine party in New York in July.. then after that, UK and Europe, Asia, Australia..
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s.o.t.r.- When can fans expect a full length?
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Josh: Call me maybe
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Charlie: maybe never!
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Kim: Keep ‘em guessing, eh girls?
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Yumi Zouma – EP 
Released Feb 11th on Cascine in digital and limited edition 10″ vinyl pressing exclusively from the Cascine webstore available herestream.

 

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