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Yumi Zouma are friends from New Zealand now living between New York and Paris. Their music is stylish, effortless and intuitive. Simple guitar notes sit atop programmed drums to create a subtle backdrop for lush and exploring female vocals. The four tracks on Yumi Zouma's debut EP are timeless and instantly likable. Read more on Last.fm . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
Chad Valley – the alias of Hugo Manuel – is part of the same Oxford collective Jonquil, Blessing Force, that Fixers belong to, and there is a similar feeling of 60s music being given a shimmery modern electronic makeover. But maybe because there's just one of him he is able to give the project greater focus; there is no dilution, or sense of boxes being ticked, with Chad Valley – it's just one idea, gloriously stretched out over four tracks on his sublime self-titled debut EP; one long wave of luxuriant sound after another. Read more on Last.fm . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
Maria Usbeck's solo debut, Amparo, is a collection of songs written and recorded across the span of three years in Ecuador, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Barcelona, Lisbon, Easter Island, Costa Rica, the south of Florida, L.A. and her home in Brooklyn.
Though the songs were composed electronically, Amparo called for an acoustic treatment, so Usbeck spent a winter in the studio recording the arrangements live with producer Caroline Polachek and mixer and engineer Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. Fleshed out in full sonic color on the marimba, xylophone, quena flute, piano, and harp, the album stretched out into something hi-fi and expressive, meditative but not meandering.
Amparo stems from Usbeck's desire to compose in ...