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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

0.5 seconds.  That’s all it took for me to fall in love with the ten-piece band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  The song “Home” has taken up residency in my brain, playing on repeat in my head.  The cheery whistling introducing the song, the buoyant rhythm and the sanguine lyrics just hit the mark in every way.  It is a sweet blissful love song. A song about a boy, a girl, family and friends.  Listening to it makes you feel like you’ve been pulled into a big bear hug.

The chorus sings:

Ahh Home. Let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you.
Ahh Home. Let me go home.
Home is where I’m alone with you.

While a love song it may be, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes manage to avoid crossing the delicate line from sincere to sappy.  The lyrics stem from a simple concept, yet one that holds profound significance to the eye of the beholder. As they say, we can’t choose our family, but we can choose our friends and those we choose to love.

To describe the song in a word – jubilant.  That’s pretty much the theme of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes in general. As described on Last.fm, “Sharpe is [Vocalist Alex Ebert’s] alter-ego, a messianic figure who comes to Earth to save mankind, but keeps getting distracted by falling in love.”

They are from California.  They need to tour the east coast.  Their debut album Up From Below is available now.

Image credit: lastfm

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