There are, undoubtedly, heads double taking their Shazam results, and radio heads tilting in surprise to find that this flower child of a single was birthed after 1970. Sparking thoughts of Woodstock, bell bottoms, and close encounters of the love and peace movement, it’s deja vu for some–those who remember hearing love-fueled messages from tender song-writers like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and the like. Yet, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros somehow maintain a modern sensibility for us to cling to while simultaneously drawing from American, folk-rock classics like Jefferson Airplane.
2009’s ubiquitous summer anthem, “Home” was a hard act to follow, but “That’s What’s Up” passed with folky, flying colors. The newest single from producer, Alex Ebert solidifies the band as an integral member of the vintage crusade to undermine mainstream, pop music–joined by modern mavericks including The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, and the late Amy Winehouse. Sharpe and his Magnetic Zeros are the twang piece of the retro crew. All in all, we need them to save us from ourselves and the force-fed music we find ourselves consuming. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little Rihanna, but there is something so right about Edward Sharpe.