Every now and then something appears out of the blue that leaves you a shocked and awe struck mess on the floor, wondering what it in holy smoke it was that sucked the last echoing breath of air out of your lungs and drew an impromptu thousand yard stare from beyond the backs of your eyes. Well, on encountering the lush sounds of Up from Below (already out on Rough Trade), the debut album from LA dozen-piece EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, I was thus left. From the first crash of the drums on ’40 day dream’, through the joyful, towering chorus of ‘Home’, to the deliciously dark psychedlic landscape of ‘Desert Song’ this is an album that haunts the ears, weighs on the heart and wraps you up in a warm cloak of childlike abandon. And isn’t that pretty close to IT? For me, anyway, it certainly is.
Over the next few days they’re playing their debut shows in the UK, starting tonight at The Lexington in Islington, then Koko on Saturday night. They’re meant to be the knees of the bees live. We cannot wait.
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