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Simple Things
     

Simple Things

by Zero 7
 

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They've been dubbed the British Air, in allusion to the French band that made it as hip to like prog-rock as it is to like Beck. And you'll hear why straightaway on Simple Things, the retro-soul- and beats-filled debut from London duo Zero 7. The opening track, "I Have Seen," is suffused with lush strings, which hang like a fog over a

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They've been dubbed the British Air, in allusion to the French band that made it as hip to like prog-rock as it is to like Beck. And you'll hear why straightaway on Simple Things, the retro-soul- and beats-filled debut from London duo Zero 7. The opening track, "I Have Seen," is suffused with lush strings, which hang like a fog over a pulsing bass line and folksy-sounding acoustic guitar. But whereas the French duo dredge up the arrangements of '70s album rock, the guys in Zero 7 take their cues from the production and arrangement style of soulman Quincy Jones, the legendary George Martin, or even underground legend David Axelrod, as they pad their down-tempo beats with strings, keys, and rich, soulful vocals from a handful of guest singers. The results are so artfully layered and so easy on the ears that it's no surprise to learn that Zero 7's primaries, knobsmen Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns, got their start as engineers, recording a few singles on the side as well as remixing songs for Radiohead and Lenny Kravitz. The pair spin gorgeous webs around both the sensual, Seal-like vocals of Mozez on the aforementioned "I Have Seen" and the sultry coos of young soul divas Sia Furler and Sophie Barker on "Destiny" (Furler shines in the spotlight on the spare "Distractions"). Hardarker and Binns also approach their instrumental mini-symphonies (e.g., "Polaris" and "Give It Away") as if they were fancifully decorated gateaux, each element tastefully put in place. With Simple Things, Zero 7 have crafted a cinematic, evocative debut that injects a much-needed boost of creativity into contemporary dance music.

Editorial Reviews

NME
One of the most accomplished and refreshing albums of the year.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Atlantic Uk
UPC:
5050466890122
catalogNumber:
668901
Rank:
12783

Tracks

  1. I Have Seen
  2. Polaris
  3. Destiny
  4. Give It Away
  5. Simple Things
  6. Red Dust
  7. Distractions
  8. In The Waiting Line
  9. Out Of Town
  10. This World
  11. Likufanele
  12. End Theme

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Performance Credits

Zero 7   Primary Artist

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