Alexander Ebert, the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is one of my favorite live performers I’ve ever seen. By the end of this video, you might have a better understanding why. It’s funny that this video came on my radar today, because for some reason, songs by Alexander, particularly “Truth,” has been echoing throughout headphones and speakers at work. It’s as though somebody heard the song, wrote it down on a piece of paper, and passed it around the office like a note about the cute new girl in class got passed around in middle school. Okay, so it probably wasn’t much like that, but a girl can let her mind wander, no?
Anyway, this video isn’t really doing it for me. Despite its attempt to be artsy and futuristic with its animations that turn mountains into men (specifically Alexander himself), it’s a little too forced for me. Almost seems a little cheesy. BUT, his dance moves at the end ALMOST bring the video back to positive review land. You know what they remind me of? The times in [the incredible movie] Legends of the Fall when One Stab does his tribal dances. Yall feel me?
Lastly, try to tell me Alexander doesn’t seem like a modern-day Paul Simon. This album is one of the five I picked for my feature on Nerve.com (Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now), and that’s when I first made that bold statement. I stand by it, though. Who wants to pick a fight with me? I’m ready for it!
Hit the jump to watch the video.