Following their 2016 debut, The Watercolors, the new release presents yet another striking display of pop-focused songwriting, featuring 11 tracks of kaleidoscopic, ethereal beauty. The trio have a way with fusing styles and bending genre boundaries, and on Sinking Ship they meld together left-field jazz, ambient, dub, and pop to great effect.
Matching the music's otherworldly nature, the accompanying short film—available to stream below—by NYC-based animator and visionary Sam Mason is a multi-dimensional vision that depicts the world of Zuma, as Mason explains:
"On the foggy margins of the ancient and the new lies the world of Zuma, where the masked Truskan people, a once rich civilization, rot away, or where the forgotten Wazoh bird-men roam the desert ruins. In the mountains, deep in complex cave networks, dwell the Tholotec ape-men, and by the forests live the silent Mani, who dawn themselves in outfits made of hollow reeds that whistle as they wander. These inter-locked stories are woven in uncanny form as Kocijančič’s voice winds through the valleys, singing his warning "you’re the heir of a sinking ship.”
Ahead of the release, Youngbloods and King Deluxe have offered up "The Disciple," an atmospheric pop cut from the album, as today's XLR8R download, available via WeTransfer below.
You can pre-order the album here.
Due to issues regarding the GDPR, EU readers can download the track here.