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Single Review: Equador – Bones of Man

By on Friday, 29th July 2016 at 12:00 pm

It’s been a quite a while since we at TGTF have heard anything from electronic music duo Zero 7. We last spoke to one-half of the pair, Henry Binns, in this September 2014 interview around the release of their EP ‘Simple Science’. Binns and his bandmate Sam Hardaker followed ‘Simple Science’ with another EP, the simply titled ‘E.P. 3’, and though they hinted then about the possibility of a new full album release, none has yet materialised.

It’s been even longer since we last chatted with enigmatic singer/songwriter Bo Bruce. Our most recent coverage of the 2012 The Voice UK runner up dates back to the spring of 2013, including this brief interview ahead of her debut album ‘Before I Sleep’. After the album release, Bruce collaborated briefly with a handful of artists including Gareth Emery and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, but her career progress was apparently stalled by health and personal issues.

However, near the end of last year, it was revealed that Binns and Bruce have not only been working on new material, but have in fact been working together on a new project they call Equador. In December, Equador quietly unveiled the video for a track called ‘Blood’, which combines the ethereal beauty of Bruce’s singing voice with Binns’ propensity for creating dramatic yet subtly-layered soundscapes.


Binns and Bruce have recently combined ‘Blood’ with a new single called ‘Bones of Man’ for a double A-side release. ‘Bones of Man’ is the title track from Equador’s upcoming album, and it gives a fuller taste of what the new pairing might produce. The song’s introduction centers around a stark piano melody under the fragile, whisper-thin timbre of Bruce’s singing voice. As the music progresses, Binns slowly blends that delicate air into a pleasantly hypnotic elixir of thickly-textured backing voices and sensual synthetic instrumentals.


The partnership between Binns and Bruce may not begin and end with Equador. According to Internet sources including The Sun and Daily Mail, the pair were also joined in marriage last month. We at TGTF are not in the habit of reporting tabloid news, but if the reports are true, we’d like to congratulate Binns and Bruce on both their nuptials and their continued musical collaboration.


Equador’s forthcoming album ‘Bones of Man’ is due for release on the 30th of September via Bristol indie label Pegdoll Records. Our previous coverage of Bo Bruce can be found here, and previous coverage of Henry Binns as part of Zero7 is right here.


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