Monday, March 16, 2020

Yumi Zouma - Truth or Consequences

The world is in massive turmoil, with fear and uncertainty our daily companions. At times like this (as rare as they fortunately are, for most of us), we aren't looking for more crashing, banging and shouting. We want to be soothed and even teased a bit. We want playful melodicism and tunes that manage to tell a story. And yes, we have found it -- Truth or Consequences by Yumi Zouma. The band was formed in New Zealand early in the last decade, although only two members still live there, the other two living in London and New York, respectively. Their sweet spot is indie pop characterized by warm melodies and the golden voice of Christie Simpson.

The songs on Truth or Consequences, the band's third album, cover heartbreak, romance, distance and disappointment. Like life, the issues are not always resolved at the end of the track, and there will be sighs, tears, disappointments or questions. But with songwriting and performances this good, the listener still feels that he or she has received a warm hug. And we all need a few warm hugs these days (air hugs only, six feet apart).

Yumi Zouma are Christie Simpson, Charlie Ryder, Olivia Campion, and Josh Burgess. Truth or Consequences is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Polyvinyl Records.

Various links for Truth or Consequences

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