Kumiko are a softly spoken Northern four-piece who fuse elements of jazz and indie to create wistful, angular vibes. Formed in 2015, they take inspiration from the likes of Radiohead, St Vincent, tUnE-yArDs and Billie Holiday.

They can often be found watching pretentious films and drinking Lambrini.

Here’s what some unbiased folks think of us:

‘Thoughtful, confident and VERY special…This is a 5 track love letter to your ears that gorgeously combines elements of jazz, indie-slackness and beautifully imagined instrumentation with thoughtful lyrics and fantastic female vocals…There’s a lush pace to all this that’s really free too…One’s to watch and I expect big things..Recommended!’

Jumbo Records on ‘Speak/Easy’

‘One of the best live sessions of the year (…) and they get better with every upload!’

Alan Raw, BBC Introducing

‘Off beat drums combined with angelic vocals. This band won’t be playing small venues for long.’

Hidden and Unplugged

“The quartet, led by the beautiful vocals of Francesca Pidgeon, sprinkle jazz in to their alternative guitar sounds to make for a timid but captivating sound. There are very few bands that capture what Kumiko do and with another release anticipated in the next few months, it’s about time you got familiar with the band.”

Emily Pilbeam, Drowned In Sound

‘Topsy turvey guitars, dreamy vocals. Dynamic power and control with maybe a hint of Lætitia Sadier’

Pleasure Grounds

‘Dreamy alt-rock inspired by the likes of Radiohead and St Vincent.’

Strange Parade

‘Sublime and classy, chic and moody. Alternative jazzy trip hop is the best way I can describe them.’

– Cloth Cat

‘Kumiko are a wicked Art Rock / Dream Pop band, they are so worth seeing.’


‘Warm and dreamy alt-rock songs, rounding up a perfectly mellow start to the evening.’

The Gryphon

‘Each track seems to comprise of jazz, funk and indie backing the impressive and attention grabbing vocals. Creatively this is a project brimming with intelligent composition, both in the instrumentation and the clever, interesting, lyrics.’

Counterfeit Magazine

‘Elegant and somber, Kumiko create music that can’t quite be slotted into any particular genre. Part folk part jazz part indie just doesn’t quite sum it up right or do them justice, as Francesca Pidgeon’s syrupy sweet vocals are combined with lush chords and unpredictable melodic lines to create wildly original songs.’

Odd Horizon