Monday, July 15, 2013

Amazing New Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Monday blues? Me too.

Lucky for us, I've found the cure. I can't think of a better way to inject a little sunshine into the start of your week than to stream the beautiful forthcoming Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros self-titled. A little more anthemic, just as jangly and extra honest and instrument-packed - Alex Ebert's kooky caravan collective have never sounded better.

Kicking off with "Let's Get High," Ebert's token drawl is croaky and powerful over the 10-person gospel vocal and soul-rock stomp - shrieking "I need your love" while horns zip and tambourines break in the background. Concluding with a bluesy slow-down, the team insists "everyone love" in a slow family chant and a yesteryear-rock guitar whines in the background. If this song isn't summer, and if this song isn't love, I'm not sure what is.

Later in the album, Ebert channels melancholy doo-wop on the profound "This Life" - his pained growl milkier than ever. On this track, I became more aware than ever how wrong I was about this band the first time I heard "Home"; addictive as it was, I thought it had the fixings of a one-hit wonder. Two albums later, one of the best shows I've ever seen and now songs like this - real, heartbroken revelations carried by hearty instrumentals and breathtaking harmonies - it's crystal clear this band isn't going anywhere. Only up.

Have a sunshiney week. Grab the album on July 23.

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