Yumi Zouma stick to their winning file-sharing formula on the third and final entry in their career-spanning EP trilogy, dropping Friday (Sept. 28) via Cascine. Below, Billboard has an exclusive first listen of the EP today (Sept. 25).
The New Zealand band -- composed of Charlie Ryder, Christie Simpson, Josh Burgess and Olivia Campion -- have largely worked separately since their debut EP I in 2014, but years of touring and an abundance of cross-continent flights have allowed the group to refine their unique collaborative process. EP III throws all of that out with a return to basics incited by a completed tour and cleared label slate following the release of their sophomore album Willowbank in 2017, along with a refreshed appreciation for the freedom of individual, remote contributions.
“For the first time we were an unsigned band and it made us think more outside of the box,” Burgess tells Billboard. “When we started thinking about making more music, an album seemed overwhelming and frankly, boring...we all got excited at the prospect of working quickly and without a huge amount of thought into how [a song] fits into a longer format.”