Yumi Zouma - Cool for a Second

Song of the Day
Hosted by Cheryl Waters
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Cheryl Waters, host of The Midday Show on KEXP, is “Cool for a Second” by Yumi Zouma, from the 2020 album Truth Or Consequences out now via Polyvinyl.
photo by jack sheppard 
written by Janice Headley

Dream pop quartet Yumi Zouma have returned with the new album Truth or Consequences, their first for new label Polyvinyl Records but their third overall. 

While the band originally formed in New Zealand back in 2013, its members are now scattered across the world from New York City (Josh Burgess - guitar, vocals), London (Charlie Ryder - guitar, bass, keys), Christchurch, New Zealand (Christie Simpson - vocals, keys) and Wellington, New Zealand (Olivia Campion - drums). The foursome self-produced the album themselves and it was mixed by Jake Aron (Solange, Grizzly Bear, Snail Mail).

Today's Song of the Day is a swoon-inducing electro-pop piece with an '80's-style beat. It's hard to believe the song was almost scrapped. Ryder explained, via a press release, "The song was demoed in Los Angeles and then long forgotten, destined for the scrap heap. A spark of inspiration from Josh in the introduction reestablished that for us, the most conspicuous of melodies are often hidden in modest beginnings.”

Check out the track below, via a video by Australian filmmaker Nick Mckk. 

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