Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros take a twisty approach to their new album Person A, it may be a more grown-up "Kid A", the The N'Awlins 10 piece weaving a wonderful mix of sounds in and out and beyond the tunes in the same way Radiohead did with their child. There may be no track with the commercial probability of "Home", the big hit from "Up From Below" but "Person A" is one of the best of 2016 to date.
Consider it a trek through world music but don't think geography, think history. The album steps and stomps, slides and slips on long skinny legsfrom Berlin cabarets to Civil War saloons, Delta juke joints to Romany campfires, with Nina Simone, Crosby Stills Nash and Patrick Watson along for the exuberance of it all. Sharpe and his magnificent Zeros skate over the past century of music, leaning back with one hand trailing in the stream, breaking the surface, sending up rooster tails of evocations, spraying skywards. Person A is big, one for the outside under the vastness of time and this is all before you get to the St. Germain meets Charlie Brown groove of "Wake Up The Sun".