If you haven’t heard of the Californian ten piece, you must have been living under a rock, as songs from their debut have featured in numerous TV ads and shows. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros make their eagerly anticipated return with Here, the follow up to their magical 2009 debut Up From Below. Never has the time of an album’s release been more fitting, just in time for the festival season, because if Edward Sharpe are anything they are the band to chill out to at a festival.
Here, like the band’s debut, is full of harmonic, soothing, and jangly sounds reminiscent of The Polyphonic Spree. Vocalists, Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos’ voices are perfectly matched together and is beautifully illustrated on tracks Dear Believer and One Love to Another. Opening track man on Fire starts off cool and mellow with the beautiful lyrics, ‘only one desire that’s left in me, I want the whole damn world to dance with me.’
Here is a beautiful bunch of songs from a beautiful band who write magical lyrics accompanied by even more magical sounds so they can be forgiven for having only nine songs on the album. Here should be the soundtrack to 2012s summer, and is the album to make us forget about the impending shit weather we face.
With only four scheduled dates announced for the UK this year so far, it is highly recommended that tickets be bought to catch the most fun live band on the planet just now.
Stand out Tracks: Man on Fire; I don’t Wanna Pray; One Love to Another
Overall Rating 4/5