Saturday, May 25, 2013

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Better Days

I like to think that Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are responsible for the recent "folk jamboree" craze in popular music.  You know what type of sound I'm talking about, with the campfire sing-along vocals followed by either a banjo solo or a horn section.  See The Lumineers, Of Monsters And Men, Mumford & Sons, or even that dreaded Phillip Phillips single for example.  Some of the releases from those bands sound suspiciously similar to Edward Sharpe's massive hit "Home".

The band's newest track, "Better Days", is the lead single to their upcoming self-titled record and, aside from a few seven-inch singles, serves as the follow-up to last year's sophomore effort, Here.  With this song, I feel like the band has created a perfect trilogy.  It all starts with "Home", then "Man On Fire", and finally "Better Days".  The instrumentals are full and all three tracks share a huge chord progression.  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at their finest, if I do say so myself.

Listen to "Better Days" below and look out for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' self-titled album on July 23.

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