Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros took three years between releasing their debut album, Up From Below, and the 2012 follow-up, Here. They spent that time filling out their sound, reaching back into classic country/western styles to touch up their soulful, energetic tunes. Fans don’t have to worry with that kind of wait for the group’s third album, however, as the band is releasing a self-titled record later this year. The first taste, “Better Days,” continues to marry old southern rhythms with Alex Ebert’s shaky, creaky vocals to create the kind of sincere, heartfelt, yet fun song that made Here such a good listen. It’s desperately optimistic with homely, simple instrumentals offset by rich church-choir backing vocals. Stream it below.
STREAM: Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – “Better Days”