Formed in 2007, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is a 11 to 13 piece band formed by singer-songwriter Alex Ebert. The name Edward Sharpe comes from the childhood alter-ego of Ebert, whose songs magnify his free-spirited, peaceful outlook on the world. The album begins with the lavishly orchestrated and soulful "40 Day Dream".
While Ebert may be the conductor of this big band, his female vocal counterpart Jade Castrinos is equally as engaging. The two sing in tandem on the song "Home", a confessional duet which outlines their relationship.
While the band's appearance and throwback style may be the initial factor in drawing people's interest, the music on Up From Below will certainly do its part to satisfy. The big band orchestrations, cheery songs and thoughtful attitude surely confirm Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros as an artist to watch.