The Zephyrs' desolate sound describes their war-torn history. First Scottish label Southpaw folded the same week it released their last album. Then a literal-minded rock revival forced their soporific sea shanties off the radar. Now signed to Setanta, things are looking up for the Edinburgh-based quintet who, with this third album, have created an unhurried portrait of emotional disquiet.

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The Zephyrs – A Year To The Day

The Zephyrs’ desolate sound describes their war-torn history. First Scottish label Southpaw folded the same week it released their last album. Then a literal-minded rock revival forced their soporific sea shanties off the radar. Now signed to Setanta, things are looking up for the Edinburgh-based quintet who, with this third album, have created an unhurried portrait of emotional disquiet. The outstanding “Go Slow” canters buoyantly home on a country guitar and organ loop while “One Year Many Mistakes” (with vocals by Arab Strap associate Adele Bethel) is so modestly evocative that the lyrics about stained coffee cups and seaside abodes almost seem overstated.