Alex Ebert is back, announcing on Wednesday (Dec. 4) that his sophomore album, I vs. I, is dropping Jan. 31 via Community Music & AWAL. 

The former Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros member is preparing for his most expansive album yet, examining all aspects of existence and mankind, from love and sex to chasing youth and time. 

“This album tells the story of a cavalier attitude towards a partner, a break-up, the distress of the break-up, the anger and exploration, the contemplation of death, the coming back into the fold of the party, and the eventual finding of love again,” Ebert said in a press statement. “It describes the past three years of my life. It’s almost a concept album in how linear the story is actually told.”

To celebrate the announcement, Ebert dropped the lead single, “Stonger,” which details the highs and lows of a relationship.  “Oh, you’re making me stronger / Or you’re making me work, work work,” he sings over an airy piano melody. 

Listen to “Stronger,” and watch the accompanying music video below.

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