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premiere: Yumi Zouma announce debut LP Yoncalla + share lead single “Keep It Close To Me”

Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla

New Zealand's Yumi Zouma is the rare band that became one of our favorites on the strength of one perfect song: the timeless, swaying, instant soft-disco classic "The Brae", which we fell in love with upon first listen back in early 2014...

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Yumi Zouma x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Bird Nest Roys

BIRD NEST ROYS

I've been lucky enough to work with Flying Nun the last 3 years re-issuing a lot of their back catalog. I'm the first to admit that I'm not so well versed with the obscure parts of the catalog. Bird Nest Roys' 'Me Want Me Need Me Get' is a great compilation we did of the band's early works...

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premiere: Yumi Zouma – Alena

YUMI ZOUMA // ALENA

Yumi Zouma came out of nowhere early this year with an EP of softly shimmering, twilit dream-disco that was so pitch-perfect (right down to the cover art; some might even suggest it was 'custom-built' for us) that it almost felt like it was destined to be a fluke, a debut that was surely the result of some kind of serendipitous long-distance magic that a young group has trouble ever recapturing. We are psyched to report, however, that this is not the case: the band's gorgeous, sentimental new single "Alena" is the most disco thing the Yumis have ever done, and by the time singer Kim Pflaum hits that swooning, bittersweet refrain -- "Come over here and dance with me / it’s true that you will never see me feel better" -- it also feels like their shining/defining pop moment. Yumi Zouma's Alena single is out today on Cascine.

YZ goes on tour later this month with their fellow New Zealander Lorde, followed by an appearance at Iceland Airwaves + a few U.S. shows in November. Check all of their dates after the jump...

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