Yoncalla is ended on a high note with the exceptional Drachma. Christie Simpson’s breathy vocal delivery creates a sense of fragility – where a similar approach on Barricade (Matter Of Fact) just came across as detached – which counterpoints the sense of heaviness and tension generated by the insistent palm-muted guitar that underlies the song. A string section is added to bolster the tracks gravitas and isn’t overused, showing Yumi Zouma’s compositional skills at work. Yoncalla is a solid album before you even consider that it is the sound of a band trying a drastically different approach to writing and recording their music, and with it Yumi Zouma have set high expectations for future releases.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 4th June 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.