Yumi Zouma Reveals Big Feelings In “Mona Lisa”, Announces Spring US Tour

New Zealand’s Alternative Pop quartet Yumi Zouma has revealed their second single of the year with “Mona Lisa”. The song, mixed by Kenny Gilmore (Weyes Blood, Ariel Pink, Julia Holter) is available on all DSPs and is accompanied by a self-directed music video filmed in Lyttleton, New Zealand, near the band’s hometown of Christchurch.  

Photo credit to Nick Grennon & Ishaq Fahim

The video stars lead singer Christie Simpson as the sole protagonist and “illustrates the jubilation, claustrophobia, and mayhem of her months in lockdown in both the UK and New Zealand, having just moved back to her home country after making the fortuitous decision to pack her bags for London in the week prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. The entire video takes place in a single room, “purpose-built by the band to match the single artwork for the song”.

Christie Simpson explains:

“’Mona Lisa’ came to us gradually over a long period of time – so its story has changed and shifted, developing new relevance with each new phase of our lives. It’s a song that ruminates on conflicting, shifting uncertainty – of wanting someone that maybe you can’t have – of uncertain boundaries, of confusing interactions, misunderstanding, yearning. Trying to forget an obsession – or shifting between losing all hope and giving in to the obsession – lured back by the excitement and promise – the moments of feeling so alive. The terror and joy of a big crush. 

And so we wanted the video to feel like a mirror to all those emotions along the passage of time – except in isolation. A year stuck inside (as we have been), alone with the big feelings, the big highs, and the low lows – dancing around your bedroom, losing it a little bit. Moving in, making it yours, moving out again. The strange phase we’ve been existing in, trying to thrive in (occasionally succeeding, but often not). The joy, the sadness, the conflict, the chaos – without ever really leaving your bedroom.” 

Last month, the band also released the single Give It Hell, their first since the March 2020 album Truth or Consequences. Yumi Zouma has announced that they will embark on a 21-date U.S. tour starting April 7 in Atlanta, GA, and ending May 6 in San Diego, CA. Notable stops include the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York and the Roxy in Los Angeles.

Tour dates are listed below:

EUROPE

03/17 – Birmingham, UK @ The Sunflower Lounge

03/18 – London, UK @ Lafayette

03/19 – Manchester, UK @ Yes

03/21 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s

03/22 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s

03/24 – Paris, France @ Le Hasard Ludique

03/25 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique

03/27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

03/28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Turmzimmer

03/29 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar Vega

03/31 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren

04/01 – Oslo, Norway @ Krxsset

04/03 – Berlin, Germany @ Burg Schnabel

04/04 – Warsaw, Poland @ Praga Centrum

U.S.

04/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

04/08 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

04/09 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

04/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

04/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

04/14 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

04/15 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room

04/16 – Montréal, QC @ Petit Campus

04/17 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

04/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

04/20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

04/21 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

04/22 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

04/23 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck

04/25 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

04/28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret

04/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

04/30 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

05/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

05/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

05/06 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah