Present Tense

Yumi Zouma - Present Tense
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2022 Ratings: #238 / 406
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2022 Ratings: #232
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
RIOT

The new record from New Zealand group Yumi Zouma is a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Present Tense stands as another stage in Yumi Zouma’s development in this sense, lapsing at times into dream-wrapped comfort zone while throwing enough curveballs to differentiate from preceding outings.

76
Paste

Yumi Zouma play with a wider musical palette on these songs, which reach beyond the synth-pop sensibility that often characterized their earlier work. These songs are lusher, but in a low-key way.

75
Under The Radar

Present Tense is a shimmering collection of songs that lead you through an immersive musical maze via a wide range of emotions, and is certainly an album to lose yourself in.

74
Sputnikmusic

Present Tense is a comfort album on the pleasant side of catchy; it’s the perfect collection of songs to augment your mood when the weather climbs to twenty-something centigrade.

70
Clash

Although ‘Present Tense’ leans on the cumulative distance between its collaborators as its primary subject matter, it generates a distinct vacuity within the record.

70
AllMusic

Their formula hasn't coagulated yet, and the subtle changes to their sound mark a well-timed soft progression for the group.

65
Beats Per Minute

Present Tense has a little something for everyone and is a perfect launching pad for the next one. The talent is so there, don’t be afraid.

SassyTabasco
60

I can't lie to you, when albums start like this, I always contemplate turning them off. So much of this particular brand of indie pop is like white noise to me, I just can't do it. But to my surprise, every song, and I mean every song, is worth listening to. The tasteful writing, the rich instrumentation, the intelligent vocal melodies in the hooks, the varied song attitudes. My second not-lie, is that I'm still not really into it, but as I listen to it, I imagine someone else enjoying it way ... read more

Lucmun
71

The perfect soundtrack for a grammar lesson.

catarinalobob
90

simplesmente viciada em indiezinho novamente

Lucmun
71

The perfect soundtrack for a grammar lesson.

mkelmusic
70

Pleasant, yes. Easy to listen to, yes. A "whirlwind of emotions" as RIOT states? Far from it.

DareG
84

Sweetly soothing dream pop

Standouts: Give It Hell, Mona Lisa, If I Had The Heart For Chasing, Where The Light Used To Lay, Razorblade, Astral Projection

Dropouts: none

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Added on: January 12, 2022