Friday, February 3, 2012

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - Home

               We started the week with Alex Ebert and we will finish with him too. Today’s recommendation comes again from Los Angeles, CA by Alex Ebert’s other band Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, a twelve piece travelling band which keeps expanding and contracting with a regular cast of additional personnel. In addition to Alex, Jade Castrinos also performs the vocals, other famous members include Nora Kirkpatrick on accordion known for her roles in the TV show Greek and Dorm Life, Anna Bulbrook on Viola from The Airborne Toxic Event.
            The band came about when Alex after a breakup signed onto an Alcoholics Anonymous program and started writing a book about a flawed messianic figure named Edward Sharpe who was sent down to earth to save mankind but kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.
On face value it’s easy to categorize them as a Hippie band, but that would be too simplistic, as much as Alex Ebert disagrees, to me they are a Hippie band to an extent but that’s not all who they are, they want to create happy uplifting music which pervades a positive energy and engages everyone it comes in contact with, and they are a bunch of very impressive musicians, their compositions are a mix of jangly uplifting music with a positive message almost all of their songs will have soothing and calming effect on you and you might start smiling for no reason, and that’s I think the sole thought behind the project, as in Alex’s words
“… Any ol’ schmuck can be a rock star in their own mind you know what I mean like fame is just a word for famous which means widely known that is fine to me, but we wanna spread the vibe of whatever it is and the music as long as it makes people happy and affects people in a positive way …”
            The song I’m recommending, Home comes from their debut album Up From Below which came out back in 2009, this song has been featured in numerous TV shows and commercials, it depicts the story of a happy couple, still madly in love after so many years, going down the memory lanes through their joint memoirs and relishing their time together. The story in the middle of the song is a true story that actually happened to Alex & Jade, I don’t know if they are or were in a relationship, but I think they have to be, the love that oozes out of this song cannot be faked. I love the whistling, tapping start of the song, the southern twang in Jade’s vocals, the back n forth between them, this song always puts me in a very good mood. I’ll throw in a few live performances here along with the song, don’t forget to checkout the Facebook page for an interview of the band, here’s the song

If you like this song, you can get it from the link below
Home - Up From Below (Deluxe Edition)
If you’d like to know more about them, here’s the link to their Wikipedia page
Here they are live @ Late Show with David Letterman

Here they are live @ a radio show

Here they are live @ a store

Still wanna know more about them, here’s the link to their Official Website

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