August 27, 2009

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Up from Below (2009)

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are a neo-hippie band started by one of the guys from Ima Robot. Apparently they tour around in a big old bus and have wild celebratory live shows. The songs from Up from Below fit perfectly with that image. On songs like "Carries On" they sound like Hot August Nights era Neil Diamond, while "Home" adds the Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood-style vocals to an atmospheric Hang Em High soundtrack. Spanish lyrics coupled with mariachi horns and manly grunts turn "Kisses Over Babylon" into a great opening sequence to an epic Western. The coda on "I Come In Please" references "Sympathy For The Devil". There a couple acoustic folk songs sprinkled throughout which diversify the album, but don't add much else. Overall, the mood is laid back and retro, spacey and fun.

The video to "Desert Song" is too weird not to share.