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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Put a Twist on 'This Life' – Song Premiere

Psychedelic rockers offer 'O. Henry ending' in new track

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Laure Vincent Bouleau
June 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are set to release their next, self-titled album on July 23rd, just one year after they released their second record, Here. They'll also be hitting the road on a national tour to support it. Now they have released a whirlwind teaser track, "This Life." 

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The ambient folk-rockers leave nothing unsaid on this moving, classic soul-derived song. With tears flowing and voices rising, frontman Alex Ebert leads a full-on gospel chorus of "I'm gonna jump in the fire" as light strings rise to a gritty apex.

"I hesitate to give away too much, for it's got an O. Henry ending, as my mom calls it," Ebert tells Rolling Stone, "but I can thankfully say that we may now have recorded a song that I can count among my favorite recordings of all time."

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