ESMZ & Here
It’s nothing new that one of my favorite CDs is Up From Below by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; the album is most widely known for the singles “Home,” “Janglin’” (featured on a 2011 Ford Fiesta commercial), and “40 Day Dream” (winning choice for first dance at our wedding). Led by Alexander Ebert, who released a solo self-titled album last year, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros form a tribe of musicians that redefine what it means to be in the modern music industry. Lucky us, they released Here yesterday, and they’ve been buzzing in my ears ever since.
The album starts off with an Alexander-esque track that easily transitions listeners from the previous releases. From there, Here uses folk influences and an assortment of instruments to create a dreamy flow from song to song. “That’s What’s Up” contains lines like, “I’ll be the sun you be the shinin’,” which easily makes it one of my favorites already. As I’ve been typing, I’ve noticed I’m tapping along to the beats of several songs…always a good quality to look for in music. Whereas Up From Below had a desert feel (not entirely because of the song titled Desert Song, but it helped), Here is giving a cleaner, more meadow-y vibe (does that make sense?). Listen to both and I’m sure you’ll understand. Not hard to believe considering the cover, but the album also sounds psychedelic in a 60s rock kind of way, not far off from a flowery Woodstock. I am really looking forward to see how Here grows on me.