Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros


In my report about this years Haldern Pop Festival I mentioned Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros (MySpace) already. And I was very fascinated about the crazy show they presented.

But the Album “Up From Below” is so good that I always wanted to dedicate a single post for them. The following video, I found at NPR Music, was the trigger to present this band more closely. There are 10 people from California and they look somehow like Hippies. They even deliver a positive feeling as if the world is purely good, like Hippies. Their sound is called “a mixture of psychedelic Folk, Mariachi and Gringo-Rock“. And some compare them to Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, Jim Morrison, The Flaming Lips or I’m From Barcelona. But I can assure you, this band is incomparable.

I know several projects like “La Blogotheque” or “Behind Closed Doors”, where great bands play in unsusal places but the “Tiny Desk Concerts” are new to me. There are several other great Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR, for example Raphael Saadiq or Great Lake Swimmers.

“Surrounded by a whopping eight backing players — at 10 members, this is the biggest band ever to play a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices — singers Alex Ebert and Castrinos still find a way to command attention, as they trade vocals amid a warm, shambling concoction of keyboards, percussion, guitars, accordion, trumpet and more. Playing three songs from their debut album (Up From Below), they have little trouble re-creating its intoxicating mix of catchiness and goodwill, even if they had to wake up early to make it happen.” (NPR music)

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1 Comment

  • Philipp

    Bei mir läuft hier schon seit einiger Zeit “Home” in der Hot Rotation. Danke für den Hinweis! Hab bisher immer nur dieses eine Lied wahrgenommen.

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros