Alex Ebert, leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, released a psychedelic new solo single, “Broken Record.” Throughout the track, Ebert croons over fuzzy synths, crackling percussion and wailing saxophone.
The singer-songwriter debuted “Broken Record” Wednesday via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. He also issued a kaleidoscopic video, directed by Kevin Circosta; in a series of disjointed visual loops, he stands against a wall of graffiti, blows a kiss and examines the grooves of an LP.
In a statement about the track, Ebert noted that “Broken Record” is intended to be part of an unspecified new “adventure” – but not an album.
“Once in a while enough heartache piles up, and you get that tender electric,” he said. “And that wide open space is that terribly alive shit. Terribly alive. And that’s that ocean I love best. That’s that adventure. That’s that void-blown, step-blind trust. This song ‘Broken Record’ is the first of a whole thing. Not an album. An adventure. I’m leaning out. I can’t speak for other people right now. Just myself.”
“Broken Record” marks Ebert’s first solo music since his 2011 debut, Alexander. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their fourth LP, PersonA, in 2016.