Zero 7 are a musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker – neither of whom sing full-time. They began as studio engineers working with artists are diverse as Pet Shop Boys and Robert Plant not to mention Emma Bunton and Radiohead. Then in 1997 they formed the group Zero 7. Their debut album, Simple Things, was released in 2001. The album became a gold record and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and won the “Best Newcomer” Muzik Award. Live appearances after the album’s release consisted of Binns and Hardaker, vocalists and other musicians, with as many as 20 performers on stage at once.
Subsequent albums include When It Falls (2004), The Garden (2006) and Yeah Ghost (2009) – all either instrumental tracks or featuring collaborating vocalists.
For a while in the early noughties, Zero 7 had some of the best vocalists on the planet. The first time I saw them was at Glastonbury in 2004 and they brought a procession of singers on stage to join them. Sia Furler, Sophie Barker, Tina Dico and Mozez – today that would be a Supergroup but back then they were relatively unknown apart from their work with Zero 7.
The sad thing is, other than a retrospective compilation and a couple of EPs, they have not released anything since Yeah Ghost in 2009. However, this is Zero 7 at their peak featuring Tina Dico singing Home…
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