There are some people who need constant audio companionship to keep us sane/motivated. Music is the soundtrack to our creativity. It makes work possible, helps define who we are and adds just enough fuel to our day to get us over most major hurdles. Each week, thanks to our friends at Inspired Mag, we aim to bring you a new musical suggestion, complete with a recommendation for it’s “intended use”. We hope to explore the full spectrum of musical tastes, so check back each week!

Music For Productivity: April 8th, 2011

Artist: Alexander
Album: Alexander
Genre: Folk Rock

We took a couple of weeks off from writing Music For Productivity and are really glad to be back at it. Our escapes in Austin, TX for SXSW left us with a few upper-respiratory infections and missed deadlines, so catching up was harder than we thought.

This week we return with Alexander, the new album by… Alexander. Well, Alexander Ebert to be precise. Alexander (the person) is well known for his role as lead singer of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Alexander (the album) is a true solo effort, in that Alexander Ebert played, wrote and recorded every song on the album by himself. Just him and his creepy beard, a far cry from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros which has ten members.

The album is full of crackly tracks with unique melodies and lot’s of textured analog instrumentation. There’s foot tapping, whistling, hand clapping, etc. You won’t hear these songs on Grey’s Anatomy, if that’s even still a show. Is that still a show? Either way, these tracks are very creative and they insight creativity. Alexander is a man at the height of his career and his talent is obvious.

I’m thinking I should develop a “Solo” website outside of Paper Tiger. All analog and stuff.

Intended Use: Great mid-tempo, nice sounding record to keep on in the background when clients are visiting.

Preview this album:


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