CHAD VALLEY, vverevvolf, plus BFF.fm DJs

Thu, October 19, 2017

8:00 pm

Rickshaw Stop


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Few artists find a committed fanbase without having ever played live, but in 2014, Yumi Zouma endeared themselves to listeners before their first band practice. Following a four-song EP that immediately caught people’s attention, the act’s inbox filled with requests from publicists and booking agents, long before they saw themselves as a real band. Everything they’d created had been online, passing files back and forth between Christchurch, Paris and New York. Thrust into the spotlight, their first live performances were in sold-out Australian theatres supporting Chet Faker, after which they headed back to New Zealand to open for Lorde on her post-Grammy winning homecoming tour.

Buoyed by the response to EP I and much positive coverage of lead single ‘The Brae’, which Pitchfork described as “an effortless cascade of echoing riffs and enchanting harmonies converging into a mirage of dream-pop purity,” the band released a second EP and went to work on Yoncalla – their wistful full-length debut.

With Yoncalla, Yumi Zouma took their first steps towards becoming a proper band, collaborating and completing songs together on the road. The result was both cathartic and confessional, winning praise from critics for being “beautiful but curiously detached,” and “pop that shimmers and grabs you when you’re least expecting it to.” In addition to the album’s three singles, tracks ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Text From Sweden’ became fan favourites, helping the Yumis sell out shows in Tokyo, London, Paris and New York. The Yoncalla campaign saw the band tour extensively and begin to hone a live show that’s become one of their vital assets.

A year later, the members of Yumi Zouma settled on a plan to head home for the New Zealand summer and record their sophomore album, Willowbank, their latest offering. To complete what would become their first significant work written and recorded entirely in their home country, they rented a studio in Christchurch’s semi-demolished CBD, on one of the few remaining blocks that still characterises the city from before it was destroyed by a series of earthquakes.

Willowbank is set for launch on October 6, 2017.
Chad Valley has a catalogue that spans four studio releases – 2010’s self-titled debut EP which was a bedroom exploration in swirling synths and sunburnt melodies. 2011’s Equatorial Ultravox expanded that recipe, giving his downtempo productions a decidedly more pop-leaning twist. It was with Equatorial Ultravox that Chad Valley’s profile grew substantially, thanks in part to single ‘Shell Suite’ being used by Alex Patsavas in the major movie, Warm Bodies, and a string of key touring slots supporting the likes of Active Child, Chvrches, Erasure, Friendly Fires and Passion Pit. In 2013, Chad Valley released Young Hunger, his first proper album and one that saw him further embrace his pop ambitions. The material was a modern collage of 80’s freestyle jams and 90’s radio singles, featuring an impressive list of collaborators including El Perro Del Mar, Glasser, TEED and Twin Shadow. In support of the record, Chad Valley toured the world, winning over fans with his undeniable voice and impassioned performances.

Two years later, Chad Valley’s Hugo Manuel delivered his sophomore album, Entirely New Blue. The record was an exploration in identify and a return to the places that comfort us, especially when we return to them a different person. The album was written between London, where he lived for years with his long-term girlfriend, and Oxford, the town that he came home to when their relationship ended. That painstaking transition is evident across the record’s nine tracks, perhaps mostly on slow-burners “Labasa” and “Seventeen”. The former of which is the namesake village in Fiji where his grandmother was born. Unlike previous material, and embodying the spirit of the music, Hugo’s voice appeared higher in the mix and rinsed clean of effects on most tracks. Similarly, the production is starker, providing Hugo the space to do more with less. Working with producer Joel Ford, the ethos of stripping away everything that’s not essential is apparent.

Chad Valley is in the process of finishing his third album, Imaginary Music, which is on track for a winter 2018 launch. It will be preceded by a two-track single this fall.
Right now, pop music seems to equal perfection. The beats are sparse and plump, the synths are crisp and minimalistic, the vocals are ironed into smooth velvet. These are all the sounds we've come to associate with radio-ready pop music - with "coolness".

But what if they weren't?

We used to think that being "pop" in the modern era meant being immaculate - that there was no space for a band that wants to make big, bright messy songs to capture the chaos and melodrama of feeling alive

We think there's enough perfection out there now and that music is ready for something that isn't afraid to be unrestrained and expressive. Anyways, pop is always folding in upon itself, looking for new ways to express familiar sensations. So why not change the formula again?

We think it's time.

Let the wild rumpus start.
plus BFF.fm DJs
plus BFF.fm DJs
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Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102