This, this song, this band, this melody.. I love everything about it. To my ears is flawless, completely flawless. There is that song by Mogwai, Yes! I Am A Long Way from Home, that starts with that Bergen student’s words saying that Mogwai’s music is bigger than words and wider than pictures and that “if the stars had a sound, it would sound like this”, well, as much as the history of music can gift us with a number of flawless sounds, I think Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros can pretty much classify as sounding like flawless would if it had a sound. Perhaps I’m exaggerating, but I love them.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are an American indie folk band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2007. They are a newly born band and just think that the amazing voice breaking through in the middle of that song above there, Jade Castrinos’, with such a powerful voice, doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page (yet). I really feel that this band will keep on growing.
The band began as a collaboration between Alex Ebert and Jade as part of a musical collective and evolved into a group featuring a lineup of up to 12 people. The band’s name originates from a book written by Alex about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe that was “sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” The whole atmosphere around Alex and Jade is of modern-day hippies and their music is greatly inspired by roots rock, folk, gospel accompanied by psychedelic rock influences.
The group’s first show was played July 18, 2007 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Their first studio album, Up from Below, was released on July 7, 2009 on Community Records and featured the popular single “Home”. They released their second full-length album, Here, on May 29, 2012. Their third album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, was released on July 23, 2013
There just isn’t one song from this band that doesn’t sound good! If you find one, let me know!