Yumi Zouma most recent release Truth or Consequences was produced by the band and mixed by engineer Jake Aron (Solange, Grizzly Bear, Snail Mail). The Australian band’s album is described as a collection that embodies contemplation, duality and hard truths wrapped in soft aesthetic; a unified body of melody that connects the spaces in between. In these uncertain times, the band has found solace through revisiting happier memories. Released today, the dreamy “Lonely After” video shirks anxiety by exploring joyful memories of a time when we could explore the nature of our own backyards freely.
From Yumi Zouma Guitarist Josh Burgess:
“Nostalgia has always been a big part of Yumi Zouma and that’s mostly a result of the people we are. We all get high off of the rush that comes with remembering the intensity and ecstasy of ‘yesterday’ safe in the present. Our memories, stories, demos and each other are the only incomplete link back to the way things used to be which is magical in itself.
Now more than ever it feels like we’re all craving yesterday, skeptical of what tomorrow will bring as we patiently navigate these strange new times. For me, yesterday is very vivid. Christchurch, early February down by the Waimakariri River on the outskirts of town. The wind running off the river, through the trees, and into Christie’s hair. The midday sun stinging the skin as I entertain our friends making the video with my best Mick Jagger impression and skills of doing handstands in loafers.
These moments are precious, they suspend time so all that matters is the present.
I’m forever grateful to have the “Lonely After” video as my yesterday to get lost in. It reminds me to be present and hold everything that is dear that little bit closer in my head and my heart.”
Truth or Consequences by Yumi Zouma is now available via Polyvinyl Record Co.