Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is the musical project of Alex Ebert. He is LA born and bred and, sadly, in the 2000’s the darker side of LA culture affected his life. A party lifestyle led to a stint in rehab, where as a means of recovery, Ebert came up with the Messianic alter ego, Edward Sharpe. Pretty fascinating right? Even more fun facts after the jump!
So Ebert describes his Edward Sharpe character as something of a rogue – “He was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” That in itself is worthy of anyone’s attention, be it for its haunting beauty, or its genuinely blasphemous idea. Either way, the resulting music has been phenomenal.
Here is the second studio album by Edward Sharpe. Their first album featured their big hit, “Home”, which has been used on various films/ TV shows/adverts (check it out below- it’s amazing) but as a complete album, Here is far superior to anything the band has ever produced.
It represents a record much more centralised on the identity of Edward Sharpe, with “Man on Fire” looking at religious aspects of his life while “One Love to Another’ is more to do with the relationships that affect him. I can’t recommend this album highly enough, with the fantastic Man on Fire video just below.