Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Music: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have an interesting history. Created by Alex Ebert (aka Edward Sharpe), former lead singer of the very different power pop group Ima Robot, Edward Sharpe has ten permanent members that create an epic, but humble feel to their debut album Up from Below. The band has quickly gained popularity since the album’s release through festivals and placements including a commercial for the humorously named Ford Fiesta. The band put on a mighty live show where you can see how all of the members contribute. Their hit “Home” is probably familiar to you, but the band has other memorable songs. The front half of Up from Below is loaded with the swaying “40 Day Dream”, the endearingly catchy “Janglin”, the slow chugging of the title track, the family feeling of “Carries On”, the hippy feeling of “Jade”, and then the great duet of “Home”. The second half is not quite as strong, but still keeps the general feeling of warmth in numbers. The exception is the Fleet Foxes-like song “Brother” where Ebert turns off the amps and everyone else’s mics for an acoustic confessional. He answers a few quick questions below.

Have you seen, heard, or read anything that you would like to recommend to our readers?

Everyone needs to see and hear the BBC documentary “The Century of the Self”.

What is the songwriting process like with such a large group?

I wrote most of this first album, but we will be writing the next one more communally… In pockets, rough ideas brought in, etc.

What do you have coming up?

‘Solo’ albums from me (Alexander), Christian, and Jade are in the works… as well as the second Edward Sharpe album!