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Yu Mei

Yumi Zouma’s Playlist For: Drinking Spritzes & Pretending You're In Italy

Welcome to our new series of playlists, curated by musicians and centred on a mood. Like most of our best ideas, this was born during Friday drinks, when we were hunting for a playlist that was socially acceptable.

The Dream™

Yumi Zouma are a band with a name that shares an uncanny resemblance to our own. But our (almost) shared moniker is only one of the reasons we asked them to kick off our series of mood-orientated playlists. Another is that they make the kind of dream pop that suits a day driving up the coast with the windows down - all ethereal vocals, shiny synths and sunny vibes.

The quartet initially formed in Christchurch in 2014, but have since relocated to different parts of the globe. Christie is in London, Josh is in New York, Olivia is in Wellington and Charlie has temporarily relocated from London to Florence. The fact they’ve put out three albums (and a handful of EPs) from such far flung places is both a testament to the band’s dedication, and rare evidence that long distance relationships can actually function. Very well, in fact. Christie’s tips for keeping the flame alive? “Talk regularly, have weekly calls, but make sure it's not just boring business-y band stuff – we send each other memes, TikToks, music recommendations in the group chat all the time and I think this keeps the fun alive.”

A rare glimpse of the Yumi Zouma members all in the same room

Given their predilection for international travel (RIP) and sun-infused tunes, we thought it was apt to get them to pull together some tracks to ease us into the summer months. Pair it with a Campari Spritz and/or a caprese salad, and it’s almost like you’re perched on a cliff-clinging Italian village watching the sun ooze gold.

To listen to the playlist and be instantly transported to a land far away, click HERE.

We also asked Christie for her hot tips on playlist curation because if you’re anything like (some of) us, your Spotify is currently made up of 1231 playlists with precisely two songs on each.

Christie embodying sunshine

Q.

How do you organise your playlists?

A.

It's fairly chaotic - usually by mood, but I started a playlist (titled ‘twenny’) at the start of this year with all my favourite new tracks of the year so far and I’ve just kept it rolling. Highly recommend.

Q.

Where do you find new music?

A.

As would be suggested by the last answer, I’m pretty obsessed with new releases these days – I look forward to every Friday when new music is out, and pretty religiously check Spotify for my Release Radar and New Music Friday etc etc. Then I comb through and save my faves to aforementioned ‘twenny’ playlist. I’m also lucky to have friends and bandmates with great taste – I’ve had some of my favourite songs recommended by my bandmates and we keep a pretty regular iMessage recommendations chat going.

Q.

What's your most listened to playlist?

A.

It’s probably a playlist I made last year with my favourite pop music (titled ‘pop pop pop’) – I use it when I go for a run so it’s fairly heavily thrashed. I’ve also got a playlist of moody 50s and 60s classics called ‘golden days’ that is a frequent go-to for swanning around the house with a glass of wine and a wistful mood!

Q.

What’s your most embarrassing playlist?

A.

I’m not one for guilty pleasures – all my pleasures are pretty proud ones – but probably my Christmas songs playlist titled ‘chrimbas’. I bloody love Christmas and I unashamedly love the cheesy Christmas music that goes along with it.

Q.

Someone passes you the AUX cord at a party where you know precisely two people. What do you play?

A.

Always Echo Arms by Mr Twin Sister, one of my favourite songs. It’s so groovy, so chill. Not too loud or too attention-grabbing but people seem to enjoy it and ask about it! Either that or Fleetwood Mac because everybody loves Fleetwood Mac (myself included)