Far too often have we found ourselves presented with a band be-rift of emotion, soul and character; a band that have had all individuality firmly beaten out of them with a broad heavy stick. It’s therefore refreshing and equally surprising when a multi-vocal ensemble that embraces the extravagancies others push aside seemingly emerge from nowhere. Self categorised as “Choral psychedelic folk rock” the sound Edward Sharpe orchestrates is far removed from the upbeat, joyous sprightly pop of say The Polyphonic Spree or I’m From Barcelona, an equal distance from the psyched-up folk ramblings of Devendra Banhart and far more in-line with arch-type boho-folk, dressed in Mercury Rev styled fanciful orchestration. As winsome as it is grand, ‘Up from Below’ is far from drab.

By Nathan Westley

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