These days I see a lot fewer shows than I’d like to. Maybe it is because of the fact that when I do, I pay a babysitter $50 just to get out of the house so I have no choice but to savor or become disappointed by each glistening note.
Zero 7, the brainchild of two British studio engineers, have made two beautiful full-length albums and a few EPs over the last bunch of years. I would have guessed that they were primarily studio musicians with no way to recreate the polished lushness of the recordings at a live show.
In a truly epic performance filled with neatly drawn out versions of the album cuts, the seven touring musicians papered the hallowed halls of the Fillmore with bountiful grooves and a genuine improvisational feel. All four vocalists which included Mozez, a cross between Marvin Gaye and Seal, Sia Furler – the Aussie singer whose vocal range is the most interesting of the bunch, Tina Dico the gorgeous blonde beauty whose voice sounds a bit like a breathier Beth Orton, and Sophie Barker the sultry singer from “Simple Things,” neatly passed the torch throughout the night. Shows like this, where all of the studio elements are improved on live are really diamonds in the rough .. but they are the ones that keep you coming back.