Brighton based alt-pop outfit Yumi And The Weather have a five track EP, a follow up to their self-titled debut LP released last year and as an appetiser to a new album due next year.
The band comprise of Ruby Taylor (guitar/vocals), Frankie Knight (synth/samples/backing vocals), Charlie Drayton (bass) and William Woodfine (drums.) The quartet have supported British Sea Power and have appeared at Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Kendal Calling and Bad Pond Festivals.
The extended play opens with `No More` which is an electronic dreamy synth pop offering where Ruby`s vocals are shared quite remotely allowing the song to have an interesting quite mesmerising texture. There was a real hint of The Cure`s `In Between Days` on `The More I Hear The Less I Believe` a song written about people`s hypocrisy. Rachel`s guitar riffs had a touch of Johnny Marr about them, which is no bad thing.
`Just This One Thing` has a wonderful retro soulful sixties feel about it. A number that could easily fit into a set from the American girl group The Shirelles. There`s a harder edged electronic vibe to `I Will Never Know` where the haunting vocals almost float above the hypnotic synth flourishes. The final song `What Will Become Of The Wishing Well` is written around the current COVID-19 virus and our march towards a cashless society, hence no coins to throw in a wishing well. Another absorbing piece with swirling synths, samples, and ethereal vocals.
Yumi And The Weather play some quite infectious synth-indie-electro pop, mixed with guitar and delicate vocals which at times becomes quite mesmerising. “Some Days” was an enjoyable listen and had enough of a variety to whet one’s appetite for the forthcoming release in the new year.