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Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Electronic Pop


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"Sumi surprises with impressive debut"

Sumi surprises with impressive debut

Sumi “Resurrect My Independence” (Self-released)

Sumiko Yamazaki, who records as Sumi, grew up in Japan, but moved to the United States in 2004 and now resides in New York. On her recently released debut album, “Resurrect My Independence,” she reflects on her experience existing in the two cultures through her music, singing in both English and Japanese across a roster of eight songs. Along with cowriter Samir Zarif, Yamazaki has created a dramatic first step, one hinting at potential moving forward.

“Resurrect My Independence” is an electronic-pop album with the drama turned up to high, but the actual sound of the songs here tends to be straightforward. Opening track “Find My Voice” bounces forward on a simple beat and synthesizer bursts, and the backdrop is built for Yamazaki’s voice to shine — and, sometimes, crisscross over itself. This approach to music — serviceable creations that are designed to emphasize the singer — works across this album, with highlights such as “Embrace the Days” and the skittery (but never annoying) “A Thousand Letters” doing their jobs well.

The focus, then, falls on Yamazaki’s voice. Her best mode — in either language — is when she’s allowed to stretch her vocals out and deliver dramatic numbers similar to what Japanese singer Salyu has been doing for the past decade. “Light In My Eyes” unfurls slowly and allows her to make every syllable shine. Yamazaki still has room for improvement on the more pop-oriented songs, wherein the faster pace often results in her vocals sounding a bit clunky. Still, “Resurrect My Independence” is a solid self-introduction and a good base to build from. (Patrick St. Michel) - Japan Times


Still working on that hot first release.



SUMI, originally from Japan, moved to the US in 2004. Growing up in Japan, she was immersed in music from a young age playing piano & flute. After graduating from the University of Buffalo in 2008, she moved to New York City to work in the fashion industry. Simultaneous to her career in fashion, SUMI also began pursuing a career in music writing and producing her own songs. In 2013 SUMI began working together with electronic & pop producer, Samir Zarif. Since the start of their work together, she has released her first single "Find My Voice" in January 2014, and then second single "Embrace the Days" in March. Her debut album, "Resurrect My Independence" with 8 tracks was released the Fall in 2014. Her music concocts an interesting mix of electronic, pop, dance and orchestral styles combining lyrics in both Japanese and English. Her debut album was quoted "Sumi surprises with impressive debut...Her best mode — in either language — is when she’s allowed to stretch her vocals out and deliver dramatic numbers ." 
She has played at clubs in NY such as Slake and The Studio in Webster Hall, Cameo Gallery, and Pianos NYC.
She is currently working on new songs with Brian Lindgren. 

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