PREMIERE: Yumi And The Weather – ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ (Inwards Remix)

With acclaim from the likes of John Kennedy and BBC 6Music’s Nemone, Brighton based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Yumi And The Weather (aka Ruby Taylor) has now shared a fresh remix of her latest single ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well‘. Re-imagined by label-mate and rising Worcestershire producer INWARDS (aka Kristian Shelley), it’s the first single to be taken from Yumi And The Weather’s upcoming new EP, set for release at the beginning of next month. 

Maintaining the soaring rich vocals and twinkling uptempo vibes of the original, INWARDS’ remix enhances the already present glitchy beats of the track and creates a whirring, electro-fused soundscape, replicating the original instrumental parts with electronics. Propelled by a gritty, driving energy and sweeping, reverb-strewn splendour, this latest rendition of ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ is a truly captivating and instantly uplifting offering, reminiscent of the dreamy majesty of the likes of The Postal Service.

Listen to INWARDS’ remix of Yumi And The Weather’s ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ now, and read our interview with Ruby Taylor about the track and her inspirations behind it below.

 

Hi Ruby, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
Hello! I am a musician/songwriter/producer based in Brighton and I make music under the name Yumi And The Weather.

How did you initially decide to start creating music?
I suppose it was a natural process as I started playing guitar and writing songs so it just came about from that, so wouldn’t say it was a decision… I suppose it was more of an experiment! Some guitarists just stick to guitar, but I started writing songs and taught myself how to sing through doing that, and I am so glad I tried it out!

Your single ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
It was written about the misinformation and lies from the government around COVID and how we as humans are trying to keep our heads above water at this very uncertain time. The title comes from the idea that we are heading in to a cashless society, so it made me think about coins and how we have always used them for making wishes in the wishing well.

And it’s now been remixed by INWARDS – how did this collaboration come about?
I’ve known Kris for a couple of years before signing to Small Pond. We met at Nozstock festival a few years back as Yumi were playing and our radio plugger introduced us, and I listened to his music on the way home and it was so sick. I’ve always been a massive fan of his music so I was so happy when he said he wanted to remix this song.

We love the dreamy melodies and soaring vocals of your songs, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Oh wow such a hard question… My main influences have changed over the years from starting the project, but I suppose to name a few for this EP would be: Mamman Sani, Secret Service, Alvvays, Dire Straits and The Cure.

Of course, no one’s going to see live music right now, but – in more ‘normal’ times – how is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
My local music scene is incredible and I miss it so much. I was trying to go to a gig a week minimum before lockdown, and I can’t wait to get out again. Live music is something you just can’t beat and all this virtual gig stuff I know people are trying but it doesn’t cut it for me. Nothing beats being in a room with people losing themselves and being immersed in sound waves that are being created right in front of you.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Me and my live band being there in person, and trying to imitate the recordings – ha ha! Yeah, nothing fancy, just maybe that we are wearing clean clothes.

How do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
As it’s very much a DIY ethos these days, you can’t just be a musician anymore – you kind of have to learn a bit about marketing and promotion etc. So, it’s a shame really because you would just want to spend most of your time writing and being expressive. So, it’s not difficult to get noticed, it’s more difficult to know how to get noticed, if you want to get noticed. But, ultimately, it’s being in the right place at the right time, because you meet people along the way and you don’t realise how people can have an effect until further down the line.

Finally, as we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
At the moment I can’t stop telling people about a band called Actors. They released an album in 2019 and it’s fantastic. New/upcoming bands-wise I think keep an ear out for Club Kuru (UK), Oslo Parks (UK), Clementine Dream (FR), and SONS (BE).

Huge thanks to Ruby for answering our questions! 

‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ is out now, taken from Yumi And The Weather’s upcoming EP, Some Days, set for release on 3rd December via Small Pond Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

ENJOYsugoi Festival to host TRICOT, Yumi And The Weather and more

Following its first instalment at The Garage on 14th October, ENJOYsugoi festival returns on 18th November, spotlighting some of favourite artists from Japan, alongside a packed line-up of great acts from all corners of the alternative/experimental music world.

Bringing together some amazing acts in an all-dayer at the Scala, headliners TRICOT will be joined by Natalie EvansYama Warashi, Poly-Math, Yumi And The Weather, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, and Holding Patterns.

ENJOYsugoi is the first major London event for the promotions arm of Brighton-based Small Pond following the recent hugely successful third instalment of their Bad Pond Festival in their hometown (which adds to their frequent live promotions in the city, ranging from rising indie sensation Boy Pablo to modern piano legend Olafur Arnalds).

Formed in Kyoto, headliners TRICOT have been bubbling since the mid-2000s; their unusual and distinctive sound brings a mixture of pop harmonisation, emotive vocals and complex rhythms. With fans all around the world, they have toured extensively in Asia, North America andEurope (including UK tour support dates for Pixies). They are joined on 18th November by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natalie Evans, whose unique mix of folk, pop and classical sounds will be brought to life by an expanded full band; outlandish, Bristol-based psych/art-rockers Yama Warashi (the project of Japanese experimental artist Yoshino Shigihara); the technicolour, psychedelic pop of Yumi And The Weather; prog-laced instrumental three-piece Poly-Math, and more. 

It all sounds like a pretty epic day! Book tickets for ENJOYsugoi Festival here.

Track(s) Of The Day: Yumi And The Weather – ‘Long Before / Callum’

Yumi And The Weather is Brighton-based project fronted by the crystalline-voiced singer/songwriter/producer, Ruby Taylor. For those who let their ears and whole bodies drift to her wave, Yumi And The Weather make beautiful indie-electro pop, mixed with guitar, serving up dreams of endless, blissful summers, with an added depth. Now, Taylor has offered us a taste of what’s to come on next year’s debut album with a special AA side release.

‘Long Before’ is a sparkling guitar-led song reminiscent of Blondie. The lyrics soar around the crevices of a doomed relationship – “You were hiding from me/lying to me long before you came around to me.” The thrilling guitar solidifies the poignancy of the lyrics, lifting it up and letting it explode into sonic stardust.

‘Callum’, however, is a more introspective, electronica-fuelled offering. Another break-up song, Taylor’s voice repeats the name “Callum” throughout the beautiful chorus as the track builds to a powerful climax, ending with the poignant lyrics: “Like flowers that bloomed and slowly died… You didn’t seem to notice.”

Both tracks add beauty to the mundane, turning heartbreak into something transformative. The perfect sustinence for cold November days to make the endorphins dance again.

 

‘Long Before / Callum’ is out now via MIOHMI Records. Yumi And The Weather’s debut album is due for release in May 2018, but in the mean time, listen to more of her on Soundcloud – she deserves your love!

Fi Ni Aicead
@gotnomoniker

Photo Credit: Joeseth Carter