This is what happens when I focus on finding new singles for the next mixtape, band albums get forgotten. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is a prime example.
I first heard catchy “Janglin”, along with “40 Day Dream” in late summer. I even put “Janglin” on a September mixtape, but kind of forgot about the band until Christmas break. A Sirius-XM show (most likely on “Left of Center”) featured Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and I immediately wondered why I hadn’t checked out their full length release.
The ensemble band (11 members!) continues the infectious folk rock sound on their debut album, Up from Below. “Edward Sharpe” is a character lead singer Alex Ebert created after a break-up and bout with alcohol. Apparently, Sharpe “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” For some reason, I picture them as the acting troupe from “Taking Woodstock”. Up from Below definitely has a ’60s style messiah-like characteristics with psychedelic anthems (“40 Day Dream”) , ensemble chorus, alt country flavored call and response (“Home”) and French horns (“Jade”) that aren’t typical of today’s folk pop. “Om Nashi Me” is a cacophony of sounds with tambourine, My current favorite is “Carries On”, which I wouldn’t be surprised if some tv show music supervisor scoops up (if it hasn’t happened already). Its essentially a story of a love that never dies amid a triumphant choral hook.