Sometimes the ride is better the second time around. In 2012, New Zealand teenager Sam Perry released How Many Padmes Hum?, his first album as Zen Mantra. An exercise in hazy-yet-melodic psych-pop, while it sat within a similar soundworld to the music of Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin, it never really connected on a major level.

Four years later, Sam is gearing up for the release of his second, this time self-titled Zen Mantra album out April 15 via iconic New Zealand record label Flying Nun. He's spent the intervening years touring the world as part of Trans-Hemispheric dream-pop group Yumi Zouma and learned a lot in the process.

With his new single 'Second Skin', Sam pulls together strident drums and bass, uplifting sun-kissed guitar work, and wistful hook-heavy vocals supported by delicate melodic synth-work. Capturing a similar feel and mood to '1979' by The Smashing Pumpkins, 'Second Skin' suggests he's finally ready to take Zen Mantra to the next level.