alexander ebert, the lead singer of edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, releases his debut solo album 'alexander' through rough trade. the album includes ten brand new songs that alexander wrote and played entirely himself. during breaks from touring with the zeroes over the past year, alex would hole up in his los angeles bedroom, working with a bare minimum of recording gear beyond a microphone and simple m-audio direct box. there isn't a single sound on the ten-song album that alexander didn't perform himself. as for the music itself, alexander explains that some of the inspirations for the 'mouth sounds' throughout the record were from all-time-favourites of his like the 1970 chart-topping ditty 'in the summertime' by mungo jerry. he also notes that children's clapping games like patty cake and infectious and optimistic disney tunes like 'zip a dee do da' served as loose inspirations for him.