Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: 40 Day Dream

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is a sizable indie folk-revival formed by Alex Ebert of Los Angeles electro-rock group ImaRobot, an endeavour that started to take shape after the musicians separated from Virgin Records in 2007.   Alex Ebert took on the alter-ego of Edward Sharpe and assembled a collective of around ten-plus musicians, a bit of a looser and possibly more personal and freeing project then the former major label efforts.

I had originally heard of the Magnetic Zeros’ storied live show and was pleased to hear their new album “Up From Below” mirrored the solid ruminations coming from the local live music grapevine.

The song we are featuring here today is “40 Day Dream”, a sweeping modernized shoo-wop beat layered with a soulful voice that sweeps the listener into Rod Stewart territory while recollecting the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery’ era, all without missing a beat.

The group seems to be poised for cult-like status as they’ve moved beyond typical song construction and standard video patterns, and into the territory of beautifully directed rock operas of sorts.   They’ve already gone and released PART 1 of a 12-Part feature-length movie musical. The opening footage of “Desert Song” is of singer Alex Ebert’s father chanting in Monument Valley – shot by his mother. This piece is about Alex’s reckoning with the middle name his father secretly wrote on his birth certificate – a Native American name which means ‘Devil’ or ‘Demon’.

The debut album from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Up From Below”, is now available in the US as of July 14th in the US and July 13th in the UK.

The debut EP, “Here Comes”, is also available now on iTunes  [cs]

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