Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

I first learned about Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros during this past summer, via their legal & free mp3 downloads, and their DayTrotter session. I liked the songs a lot, but I didn’t think much of the band. I didn’t check them further on iTunes.

Tonight, the RCRD.BL net-label offered one more free & legal mp3 download from the band’s debut album, which I downloaded and listened. Well, that song was… different. It had an epic feel in it. Half of it was in Spanish too. So I decided to check these guys out a bit more. I smelled there was more to them than I originally thought. And surely there was:

Official music video of “Home”

– This is a 12-piece band (sometimes more)!
– They seem to be hippies, and they tour the US in their white school bus.
– Edward Sharpe is a pseudonym for Alex Ebert, who used to be the singer of Ima Robot, a… power-pop band.

Needless to say that the Magnetic Zeros music has absolutely nothing to do with cheesy power-pop. A lot of it is reminiscent of the ’60s rock, but other parts remind me of Arcade Fire, or alt.folk. And by having such a large band, they have a very rich sound, with many different instruments used (trumpet, accordion etc).

However, there’s something very interesting about this band. See, the front-man Alex Ebert wants to do a musical based on his music. So far 2 out of the 12 parts of his feature-length musical project has been shot and released to the public. When all are completed they will tell a story. So far, the videos look great! Worth a look for sure!

Desert Song, Part 1/12 (shot with a Canon 5D MkII)

Kisses Over Babylon, Part 2/12 (shot with a RED One)

That’s one band and album you don’t want to miss out. If they don’t run out of money and are able to complete their 12-part story, it would become one amazing piece of art. Something that people would refer as a “classic” in the years to come.

If only I knew of all this just a week earlier, so I wouldn’t have to miss their San Francisco show last Saturday.

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DYNAMIC Music Zine wrote on December 17th, 2009 at 8:26 PM PST:

Just saw Ed Sharpe last Friday. They were awesome.

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