July 7th came and left with some pretty standout album releases (Bowerbirds, Cass McCombs, Discovery), which might be why I skimmed so quickly over an album called “Up From Below” which hit the shelves that same summer day by a group called Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. It may have taken me a few months to catch on to the So-Cal 11-piece, but this is definitely a better late than never situation. “Up From Below” is the group’s first full-length release, and a follow-up to their May EP “Here Comes”. The group was formed by Ima Robot‘s frontman Alex Ebert in 2007 and built on the foundations of California’s 1960’s phsychadelic music movement. Although I have a hard time called ESATMZ “psychadelic” in style, they do carry the ethos and persona of the hippie movement in the same way that groups like the Grateful Dead did. I mean, they do drive around the country in a painted school bus.
Some have penned the group “hippie-sters” in reference to their indie/hippie hybrid, but I just call them good. Their standout track “Home” has been my most played song of the week by far, thanks to a timeless duet, driving beat, and one of those stuck-in-your-head-for-days choruses. My friends in NC won’t be able to catch the group in a city-near them, but OH natives dance for joy on this one – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes will be playing the 43rd annual Kent State Folk Festival on November 12!
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Home [mp3]