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"NOTES FOR HOLY LARCENY"
Yo Zushi
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Released: 03-Sep-2007
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"Scholarly and conscientious acoustic folk from London boy Yo Zushi, so dreamy and beautiful it eschews any mention of raw fish.

A first class degree from a top London university. Dazed and Confused's Young Musician of the Year in 2004. A critically acclaimed debut album. Just a few of the impressive accolades Yo Zushi has garnered over the last few years with his whimsical acoustic sound. He not only charms, but takes you on an journey through an autumnal London of bygone days. His perceptive lyricism revels in the minutiae of a wondrous day in the city, with a tinge of old American blues.

It's Conor Oberst sharing an orange juice with Johnny Cash, sweetened with a narrative perspective, inspired by Yo Zushi's penchant for literature.

His languishing yet melodic voice ebbs and flows along the streams of gentle guitar-plucking, while the somnambulant drumming takes you on an overnight sleepertrain journey through the Deep South, via the unlit backstreets of London town. 'Seven Sleepers' is an echo of Bright Eyes in the I'm Wide Awake; It's Morning era, while the brass backdrop of 'Bright Lucifer' is a far cry from any Mark Ronson track, instead evoking 50s prom dances. The melancholic murmur of 'The Trees, They Grow High' juxtaposed with the smooth serenading of 'Song from a Dazzling Drift' highlight the versatile yet intense nature of this talented young artist.

It's clear that the student life hasn't affected this intelligent charmer, with his literary background as his weaponry. Yo Zushi's campfire tales are at once wistful and uplifting, and this talented songwriter's fire looks set to continue burning."

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"Yo Zushi is another another lo-fi musician but - mercy! - with deadpan wit on his side. His country-flavoured second outing, Notes For Holy Larceny, is warmly satisfying, like a Richard Hawley with knowing winks."
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"NOTES FOR HOLY LARCENY"
Yo Zushi
CD Album
Released: 03-Sep-2007
£9.99
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"SONGS FROM A DAZZLING DRIFT"
Yo Zushi
CD Album
Released: 30-Jan-2006
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"Just 23 years old, this could be the start of something major - 4 stars & recommended..." - Q Magazine »
"YO ZUSHI'S CHRISTMAS STORY"
Yo Zushi
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Released: 05-Dec-2005
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"something as heart - out - the - sleeve - and - into - the - gob as 'Last Christmas'..." - www.playlouder.co.uk »
"ANOTHER SONG DI NATALE"
Yo Zushi
download only single (2 tracks)
Released: 07-Dec-2009
£1.40
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In March 2006, Yo Zushi released his debut album, 'Songs From A Dazzling Drift' [Pointy / Bison Manoeuvres]. A collection of lo-fi recordings named after a Robert Browning poem, it received excellent reviews from Q Magazine (****), Maverick (****), Dazed & Confused, Uncut (***) and The Word, whilst garnering the support of Xfm DJ John Kennedy (for whom Zushi played two sessions). Lead single 'Yo Zushi's Christmas Story' was also the Xposure Big One for Christmas week.

Zushi's musical career began when Dazed & Confused Magazine picked his 'Mary Magdalen's Barbershop Blues' demo to be the winning entry for 2004's Re:Creation Prize. Immediately thrust onto its pages and the airwaves of Radio One, Zushi decided to form the Great Days of Sail, a skiffle band that dissolved under the pressure of Zushi's academic obligations. A high-profile series of gigs nevertheless had the band supporting the likes of Micah P. Hinson, Joanna Newsom, Willy Mason and the Magic Numbers.

Yo Zushi has a Masters Degree in Issues in Modern Culture (UCL, London), and is currently freelancing book reviews.

His new album 'Notes For Holy Larceny' will be released on September 3rd 2007, the date of Zushi's 26th birthday.