Japanese group Yumbo play an intricately simple style of indie pop that's informed by the experimental nature of post-punk, the freedom of jazz, and the softness of '60 pop. Sunshine and Baroque in equal measures.
Weightless, whimsical but endlessly curious, this new mini album is filled with charming ditties and melodies that wind themselves deep into your consciousness. With a mixture of string, brass and percussion-based instruments, they follow the tradition of pop-based big bands, but retain a compositional compactness, allowing their intimate songs to open themselves gradually up and spread wings. Anyone who has loved those stripped back Carla Bley ballads, the gentle melancholy of Bill Wells and the ramshackle experimentalism of Maher Shalal Hash Baz will fall in love with this. Perfect music for those fading late summer nights.
Mastered by Oli Barrett