Yumi Zouma ‘Barricade’ you inside their new single
‘Barricade (Matter Of Fact)’ is a nice relaxing track which builds up intensity throughout with synths that grow progressively louder as the track goes on before releasing back to the laid back feeling that the start of the track had.
The production of ‘Barricade (Matter Of Fact)’ is wonderful, the drums are snappy, the bass fits well with the lead and the lead synth is interesting as it pans from side to side giving the song this nice sway that bounces between left and right. Outside of the production the vocals have a great presence within the track, the performance of them is soft spoken which fits the laid back relaxed tone of the production.
Side note ‘Barricade (Matter Of Fact)’ is perfect to put on loop as the song structure has the quietest part at the end of the track which blends well into the intro.
Josh Burgess of the band explains how the song came together:
“Barricade was the first song that was really collaborative for us. I remember sitting on the floor in Charlie’s apartment playing an unplugged bass, Charlie with an unplugged guitar and Christie humming out melodies. I hadn’t worked on a track like that since I was in college. Around the mid-‘00s there was a real fetishization of ‘solo musician in their bedroom writes indie pop masterpiece’ which I think was a result of everyone getting MacBooks, multi track recording becoming seamless and people being sick of diplomatic creative arrangements. We worked that way (in isolation) on our first two EPs, but last year made a conscious effort to write together. It was never for the spontaneous element (the final version of ‘Barricade’ is a far cry from unplugged guitars and bass) rather, a way to squeeze the best ideas out of us and chop the strongest parts into a track.”
Yoncalla comes out May 27th via Cascine.
Words by Aiden Benavides