Monday, January 20, 2014

Alex Ebert's New Song "Amen" (From Golden Globe Winning Score)

Alex Ebert interviewed by KCRW's Jason Bentley
Alex Ebert stopped by KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" remote location at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about his recent win at the Golden Globes for scoring All Is Lost, the movie featuring iconic actor Robert Redford.  Ebert admitted that the win was a big surprise, but knew something had to be going on, since he got "exponentially nervous" as the award was being announced. There is no dialogue in the film, allowing the music to take center stage and Ebert credits his father for exposing him to classical music, so creating orchestral music was not such an unknown.  About the challenge Ebert added that as a boy he once exclaimed while going up a ski lift, "Boy do I love an adventure." Ebert actually grew up in the valley and went to school in Van Nuys just like Redford, so they had a nice chat about it on the set. Ebert said "He's just a really giving, awesome dude with an edgy mind," and noted how they were at the film festival that was "sort of his's just a cool thing."

Ebert has appeared in many of my playlist picks as the singer/songwriter for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as well as Ima Robot, plus in solo work as Alexander. I just love the old soul warmth of his voice, more shaman than everyday storyteller.  It's disappointing to learn that the Oscars have decided to bypass this talented artist, but there's still reason to bask in the Golden Globes' decision.  Take a listen of the song "Amen" from the film here, with this official lyric video to be sure you don't miss a word.