While the United States swelter in the heat, New Zealand are currently enjoying their winter. While that winter is pretty balmy compared to winters in most of the US (it’s 50°F there today), it’s still fitting for some intimate, introspective music. New Zealand natives Yumi Zouma have delivered just that with their new track “December.”
The band–made up of Christie Simpson, Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, and Sam Perry–have crafted the type of track that warms your bones and rejuvenates your soul. From Simpson’s soft vocal delivery to just the hint of horns poking through during the last delivery of the chorus, “December” invites you in like an old friend.
“December” is from the band’s upcoming second album, Willowbank, which was recorded entirely in New Zealand during the holiday season. The influence is immediately evident, and Burgess elaborated upon this in a statement, saying “It was as though there was a brief pause in all of our lives and we finally felt like a band from New Zealand. We were on home turf and creating from a place that felt fundamentally natural.”
Give “December” a listen below. Willowbank is out on October 6 through Cascine.