Edinburgh, Scotland-based dream pop outfit formed in late 1998 by brothers Stuart (guitar/vocals) and David Nicol (bass). The Nicols teamed up with another set of brothers, Gordon (drums/vocals) and Jonathan Kilgour (guitar/vocals), and harmonica player Stuart Campbell to record the Zephyrs' debut It's OK Not To Say Anything. Produced by Super Furry Animals and Mogwai associate Michael Brennan Jnr., the album was released on Edinburgh's EVOL label in spring 2000. Cellist Caroline Barber augmented the line-up for the recording of the Stargazer EP, which was released via Mogwai's Southpaw Recordings imprint. The band smoothed out the rough edges of their debut album on this EP, fusing country soul and soaring instrumental pop in a manner reminiscent of their close associates Mogwai and US experimentalists Mercury Rev. The clumsily titled When The Sky Comes Down It Comes Down On Your Head expanded the promise of Stargazer over the length of an album, with guest players including the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan and Mojave 3's Rachel Goswell.
A number of line-up changes and the loss of their recording contract threatened to destabilise the band, but the Nicol brothers persevered and in 2002 hooked up with the Spanish label Acuarela to release an EP, The Love That Will Guide You Back Home. Former lead guitarist Malcolm Cochrane was subsequently brought back in to the line-up, alongside new recruits Robert Dillam (guitar) and David Jeans (drums). Now boasting a stable line-up for the first time in several years, the band signed a new recording contract with Setanta Records and released their third album, A Year To The Day.