Review: Based in New Zealand, yet with their members having created this album from France and the US, Yumi Zouma - who have already supported the likes of Lorde - are purveyors of synth-driven songcraft of an agreeably infectious stripe. There's a pop sheen to 'Yoncalla' certainly, not to mention a dash of the electronic eccentricity of The Knife as much as the technicolor sprawl of The Naked And Famous. Yet largely this collection of summery ditties triumphs by nature of its collision between uplifting splendour and lustrous melancholia, forming a breezy yet beatific sound that proves this trio can transcend geography to provide both style and succour.
Review: Zru Vogue is a two man post punk avant-pop group from Palo Alto, California, combining the talents of Andrew Finkle and Rick Cuevas. The band began in 1980 as a four member group: Rick, Andy, Tom Sanders and Nancy Miller. Tom and Nancy left the group shortly after the first single, "Nakweda Dream", was released by independent San Francisco label Adolescent Records in February 1981. Inspired by rave reviews and heavy airplay on alternative radio stations, Andy and Rick went back into the studio, now as a duo, to record some new ZRU tracks. The self-tilted LP was released on the band's Zero Risk Records in 1982. It contains eight compositions blending African tribal and Middle Eastern rhythms, avant-garde rock, minimal electronics, and funk-rock guitars. The duo's sound is inspired by the art and anti-art movements of Dada and Surrealism. All songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. Each copy is housed in a replica of the original jacket, which features artwork by the group members, and includes the original 2-sided lyric sheet.