In House #1639: Zero 7's The Garden; New Thom Yorke, Regina Spektor
British producer duo Zero 7 returned last week with their third full-length, entitled The Garden. Once again employing outside vocalists with unique but accessible styles, the new release feels like a fairly deliberate move towards a more pop-oriented album, as opposed to isolated singles placed amongst club-flavored filler. A major new element is the presence of Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez, who contributes vocal duties to several tracks, including a re-dressing of his song, "Crosses," orginally from last year's excellent Veneer release. Elsewhere, Sia fills the chanteuese role wonderfully, reprising her role as the voice of Zero 7, ala Elizabeth Fraser's collaboration with Massive Attack before them. Gonzalez and Sia are currently touring with Zero 7 for a list of European dates before hitting the U.S. at the end of the summer.
In House #1639.
Focus: New release from Zero 7, The Garden, plus new music from Thom Yorke, Regina Spektor, Phoenix and more.
Regina Spektor, from Begin to Hope: "On the Radio" (MP3)
(courtesy Water Cooler Gossip)
In House PODCAST #118