“40 Day Dream” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a ten-member troupe led by vocalist Alex Ebert who you may know as the lead singer of Ima Robot. Ebert came up with the character “Edward Sharpe” after he broke up with his longtime girlfriend and joined a 12-step program for addiction. In Ebert’s words, Sharpe is a messianic figure who “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind… but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” I like the idea of Earth’s savior being so humanly flawed. In 2007 Ebert met fellow lead vocalist Jade Castrinos outside a café in Los Angeles, and in 2009 the band released their first album Up From Below through Vagrant Records.
“40 Day Dream” is one of my favorites from Up From Below, powerful voices and strange lyrics unite to portray the feeling of a vaguely remembered dreamscape. At least that’s what I get from it. Hope you enjoy!