The hippie leader of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros goes solo: an album bursting with scintillating melodies.
In a spaghetti western, American singer Alexander Ebert would be a natural for the part of the mysterious lonesome cowboy. Right now he’s a long way from his bands Ima Robot and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, yet his solo debut Alexander is full of performances that are charmingly open and honest.
Originally a hip hop fan, the young Alexander Ebert took a detour into punk, becoming a rising star at the tail end of the 90s in the group Ima Robot. His early exploits led to him being spoken of as a David Bowie/Iggy Pop copyist (a common allegation at that time). And although Ima Robot did go on to become quite successful shortly after their emergence, their rise is something of a blur on account of the drug addiction problems, which raised a serious question mark over Ebert’s future career. It would be several years before he returned to the spotlight, this time with hippie outfit Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
Since then, the love affair between Ebert’s new group and the public has grown and grown. Propelled by the much-loved song “Home”, they embarked on a lengthy world tour in support of the Up From Below album, trading in noisy bars for bill-topping festival appearances.
Alexander Ebert began work on his solo disc during Edward Sharpe’s 2010 tour. Everything on the album was conceived, written, arranged and performed by him. Guitar, trumpet, bass, keyboards, vocals – they’re all threads in the rich musical tapestry that is Alexander.