CD REVIEW: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Up From Below"

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are one of the most interesting bands currently making waves. They are more of a musical collective than a band, and are incredibly reminiscent of something you might have seen in 60's ad 70's San Francisco. Their music is indie meets hippie and appeal to fans of everyone from Phish to Bright Eyes. Their song "Home" is a folk throwback with duet vocals, that at times seems a little like it took some cues from Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." It's no wonder the song is currently climbing the charts at modern rock and adult alternative radio as it's chorus is incredibly catchy. "40 Day Dream," "Desert Song," and the title track are also excellent, modern folk songs. This group may not fit the mold of a traditional rock band and they may not use the typical guitar, bass, drums format, but they sure know how to make awesome and interesting music that is both current and retro all at the same time. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are definitely not a gimmick, and are bound to continue to make excellent music.