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1997 – present (20 years)
London, England, United Kingdom
On 1st March 2004 they released their second album, When It Falls. In addition to the three vocalists from their first album, it also featured a collaboration with Tina Dico. In the same year, Binns also co-wrote the Emma Bunton track Breathing from her second solo album,
Their third album The Garden was released on 22nd May 2006 and features José González and Sia Furler. It is a departure from the trip-hop sound that defined their first two albums, Simple Things and When it Falls. The Garden has much more of an acoustic rather than electronic flavour to it.
The Garden is also notable in that it marks the vocal debut of Henry Binns; and while he doesn't want the record to be defined by such a fact, it does add another personality to the mix. He duets on Throw It All Away, This Fine Social Scene and Waiting To Die, and sings solo on Your Place.
However, if there is one fact that Henry and Sam don't want people to be confused by, it is the title of the album, The Garden. Taken from the album artwork, which is a series of collages designed by a friend of theirs, entitled, spookily enough, The Garden, the duo are keen for the album's meaning not to get lost in translation.
It is also notable that a few of Zero 7's songs have been featured in TV shows and films, such as the song In The Waiting Line which was featured on an episode of House and Sex and the City, as well as in Zach Braff's directorial debut Garden State.
Their fourth album "Yeah Ghost" is due for release in September 2009, and will feature vocals by Eska Mtungwazi, Martha Tilston and Rowdy Superstar.
Zero 7's live performances have the air of a group sharing some music they like with a bunch of friends, whilst still being musically excellent - the sort of gigs that enhance listening to their albums forever afterwards.
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