State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Summer Jam of the Week: "Man On Fire" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the American band best known for their emotive, yet fun brand of folk rock, released their sophomore album, Here, earlier this week.  Here is filled with dusty, introspective acoustic-driven tunes, and it’s standout effort is the track “Man On Fire.” “Man On Fire” intertwines the band’s familiar foot-tapping instrumentation with their joyous sing-along choruses.  The title “Man On Fire” may seem a bit dark, but the song has an ultimately positive message.

“Man On Fire” starts with soft acoustic guitars and a stomping drum beat, as vocalist Alex Ebert soothes and coaxes with his unrefined voice and modest lyrics.  “I want the whole damn world to come dance with me.” He proclaims, adding afterword, “Come dance with me.”   The rest of the band joins in with keys, bass, and background vocals, adding an eccentric, psychedelic touch to the song.  It becomes clear that the fire Alex is talking about is sparked by music and dancing, and that the band wants to light everyone aflame with this shining record.  “Man On Fire” is the perfect addition to any summer road trip soundtrack; groovy, off-kilter, and slightly goofy.