Monday, 31 August 2009
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are an eccentric and evidently also slightly insane ten man folk collective from LA whos manic Yes-style folk rock ensembles and rock ballad melodies have been leaving crowds capulated since mid-2007. They've been together as a band since 2005, but only started releasing material in early 2009. Up From Below (the debut album out July 14 on Vagrant Records/Rough Trade) followed a series of EPs and 7" releases spread from March through April and May.
Phone-less and internet-less, this shoeless band of psychedelic folksters sound like the War On Drugs and the Dirty Projectors moulded together - there are definitely elements of Born Ruffians, Bob Dylan, and classic arrangements of Bruce Springsteen and The Hold Steady in and amongst their dense and folky instrumentation. The Dave Longstreth of the bunch - principle songwriter for his rowdy assembly of musicians, notably, is former Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert.
Ed Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have delved into more than just music as a form of media; in the same way The Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros have spent their time recently, the band have tried their trained hand at film-making, with the second installment of their 12 part feature length musical production due soon and the first - Desert Song hitting screens this June.
The first single post-album release, 40 Day Dream/Geez Louise 7" came out on August 30th, and is available to buy through the band's myspace. The band have been in the Daytrotter session studio all day today, and their tracks are up today for download through the Daytrotter website.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Om Nashi Me (MP3)
Buy the debut Up From Below via Amazon.
What can I say, the video is a bit big and a bit strange, but also quite entertaining.