The Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker project - Zero 7 - glided quietly, but ever so elegantly, into Birmingham on the back of the release of their third album The Garden.
With an underfilled Carling Academy playing host, Zero 7 took to the stage to try and silence the rather chatterfriendly crowd. Shy of singers Sophie Barker and Mozez, the band came armed with band stalwart Sia, and flavour of the month Jose Gonzalez.
From the opening beats of The Garden's You're My Flame, to the closing chords of the beautiful Somersault, Zero 7 never strayed from their brief - to bring Brum a chilled out concoction of spine-tingling ballads and cool Moog funk.
Though a basic reworking of their new album, mainly due to the limiting line up of singers, they still managed to fit in a couple of Sia-led classics from Simple Things and When It Falls.
Not that the tracks on the brighter and breezier The Garden suffered - if anything, Zero 7 have this canny knack of making their songs grow exponentially live, and new songs like Social Scene and Crosses had the Academy crowd doing their best foot-tapping/ head-nodding combo.
However, compared to previous gigs, the crowd wasn't left in that wide-eyed, awe-struck state beautiful that emotional music should leave you in.
Maybe the crowd's chatter took away some of the gloss, or maybe the lack of the first two album's strongest hits disappointed, but Zero 7 weren't champions tonight.
Sia, one of the sweetest girls ever to grace a stage, did her best with a masterful display of stunning and haunting vocals, but if you were a Zero 7 virgin, expect much better next time.