.

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." 

Random Notes: Hottest Rock Pictures

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."

Check here for the band's tour itinerary.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com