Zero 7: Soothe Your SoulZero 7: Soothe Your Soul

Wikipedia describes Zero 7 as "the British counterparts of the French downtempo group Air". I think that is a great comparison. Both groups conjure up late-night, coffee shop chats with that girl you just met. The kind of intimate, ambient pop that you might enjoy when washing away the day with a bottle of wine.

Zero 7 started out as the duo of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. They first broke into the music scene by doing remixes (most notably the remix of "Climbing Up The Walls" featured as a B-side on Radiohead's "Karma Police" single). Since then they have released three albums (not including some remixes and DJ mix albums they did to stick to their roots).

The most recent album, The Garden, was released in May this year and features vocals from Mozez, Sia Furler (who put on an absolutely stunning solo show at SXSW in March), Tina Dico, Sophie Barker and Jose Gonzalez. You may recognize "In The Waiting" from the Garden State soundtrack.

Known for having up to a dozen people on stage during their live shows, look for Zero 7 to deliver the love while cooling down Sunday.

Bumbershoot Performance: 9:15 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at the Sound Transit Backyard Stage on Sunday, September 3rd. They'll also be playing a live set broadcast online at KEXP 90.3 FM at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Music: RIYL:Sia, Air, Cat Power Rating:
Four stars/5 Stars


Colin Campbell (04:41 AM on 08.30.06)

This album -- and tour -- feature only Jose and Sia singing; Sophie, Mozez, and Tina are absent.

The live shows on this tour so far have tended to be a bit more "rockin'" than expected. A word to the wise -- this band knows how to crank it up to 12.

Taylor (02:28 PM on 08.31.06)

Cool, thanks for the info Colin!

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