ALBUM REVIEW: Yumi Zouma – Present Tense | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 18.03.22







Yumi Zouma’s last album released on the day the World Health Organization announced the Covid-19 pandemic, uprooting their plans and momentum. Perhaps it’s therefore unsurprising that Present Tense contains songs that are ‘more extreme’, having developed over the pandemic from both remote and in-person sessions.

Incorporating woodwind, strings, piano and pedal steel, it has a textured, full feel; In The Eyes of Our Love is the most frenetic they’ve ever been, while Mona Lisa even contains blasts of euphoric, 80-tinged sax. This isn’t a wholesale change in direction, the band often settling back into the gentle indie and dream pop vibes that they’re known for, but it does offer some spins on their comforting formula.


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