PRAISE

This might have been what it was like when people heard Simon & Garfunkel for the first time.

- Joshua Macala, Raised by Gypsies

Of the many albums that have graced my ears this year, one in particular stands out.

Of All These Things by collaborators Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz. Anders, most notably known for his solo work, releases a full-fledged record with longtime partner-in-crime Mark O'Bitz, as they take us on a musical journey you will not soon forget... [Of All These Things] is a record that is skillfully crafted from beginning to end, that shows the true essence and spirit of the songwriters. Each piece on the record works blissfully on their own, but works together as a cohesive piece of work. Songs such as "New Life," and "Found My Way Home," will have you falling in love with the duo, as their Americana-tinged-Indie is eclectic, just like their songwriting.

Emily Hinde, NoDepression

Eric Anders is an obscure, independent singer songwriter whose unaffected ability to turn a phrase and otherworldly knack for arranging transcendent, melancholy melodies would have made him a superstar, you know, if records still sold based on talent. 
- Gail Worley, Worley Gig
 

FEATURED PRAISE FOR GHOSTS TO ANCESTORS

Singer-songwriter Eric Anders and longtime collaborator/guitarist Mark O’Bitz return with their first new record since 2018's Of All These Things in the shape of Ghosts To Ancestors. The title of the record is based around the [Hans Loewald] idea of people being haunted by the ghosts of their childhood and having these ghosts merely become their ancestors and thus improving their lives... O’Bitz’s guitar work throughout the record is on form and almost feels like the second voice to the music, bringing in a personality of its own as it accompanies Anders’ vocals.

- Jamie Parmenter, Vinyl Chapters

The ten-song album is a beautiful collection of folk/singer-songwriter tunes that soothe the soul and bring comfort to the listener ... The opening track, “Lopsided Gyre,” is a stellar song ... “Wounded Son” and “The Meaning In Life” are two incredible songs ... On “Wonder a Time,” the chill vibes and soft vocals of Anders are perfect ... “More Than Love” is a beautiful, elegant love song. 

- Brian Cronin, That Music Magazine

[Ghosts to Ancestors] is a truly phenomenal showcase of the twosome’s acoustic talent. Ebbing and flowing between genres and inspirations, the album is tied together by a profoundly authentic identity... Eric provides haunting vocals and Mark is awe-inspiring on acoustic guitar... Rife with smoldering melodies, soaring highs and deep emotive moments, Ghost To Ancestors is a wondrous voyage through.

- Jabari Kefele, Sensible Reason

[Ghost to Ancestors] is really powerful and just absolutely excellent. …effortless and deeply wrought. [The album’s] songs are pulled from the heart with poetic lyrics that spin tales drawn from life and love and memories and hopefulness. Eric’s gorgeous, vulnerable and haunting voice is supported by some sweetly vivid guitar, keys, and absolutely lovely percussion all warmly and magically spiraling. [Ghost to Ancestors is] the kind of album you could leave spinning on the turntable on repeat, setting a truly cinematic, Wim Wenders mood.

- Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NOHO

[Ghosts To Ancestors] features haunting melodies and lyrics swaying into different genres. The albums opening track sounds like a track you would hear from artists like Bob Dylan... "Wonder a Time" [is] reminiscent of a track from Nick Drake. While Anders’ vocals are mesmerizing, O’Bitz’s guitar work almost adds a second voice to the music. Ghosts To Ancestors is an album that shows two working in perfect unison. The album truly showcases Anders and O’Bitz’s work as a finely crafted piece of art... 9.5 out of 10.

- Francesca Scopelliti, The Weekly Spoon

The songs are warm, thoughtful, patient ruminations trying to get at the heart of the human experience... Anders and O'Bitz have teamed up to create a beautiful record of pensive pieces. 

- Jon C. Ireson, Music News

Hold onto your ears, folks. These guys are making some heavy music.... With the right amount of sad, smart, and anthem-ready guitar solos, Anders and O’Bitz bring a lot of great sounds to this record ... The album is one of the best I have heard to hear this summer. 

- Punchland

 

FEATURED PRAISE FOR MATTERBLOOMLIGHT

The music swells deliciously, as velvety sonic textures infuse the tune with billowing misty colors.

- Randall Radic, Tattoo

Simple, evocative music with a tinge of melancholy. The kind of song that makes you want to skip town and camp in the mountains for days on end.

- Bella Gadsby, The Latest

It’s hard to ignore when these two get together and make music... pure magic at it’s finest.

- Glenn Rodriguez, Songs Podcast

Matterbloomlight is an amazing track. With lyrics as true and honest, Anders and O’Bitz remind me of the way all the ways an acoustic guitar can fill your soul to the brim.

- Erica Garcia, Audible Addixion

[Matterbloomlight] immediately takes you somewhere. [It's] well crafted, slightly dark, and prepared to make you think.

- Johnny Taylor, Jr., Now Hear This

Matterbloomlight ...takes the listener on a tender journey, with a gently caressing nature and strong vocal work.

- Jamie Parmenter, Vinyl Chapters

Matterbloomlight is a haunting track that conjures spirits.

- John Daly, West Coast Rocker

Eric and Mark are careful, thoughtful musicians...  They create an epic sound, a sound that fills your mind, spilling out in warm, cinematic, vibrations.

- Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NOHO

Besides having an endearing, if enigmatic title, [Matterbloomlight] impressed me for its inner simplicity. The vocals are earnest and emotional… This single has the ability to appear intimate, yet huge-sounding at the same time, and it is never an easy task!

The Band Camp Diaries

Matterbloomlight is the perfect track to provide comfort in a period of transformation and change.... Beginning with a soft stroke of instrumental wonder, Matterbloomlight is abounding with the unique feel of the natural world creeping into the digital world as Eric and Mark lyrically reach for the light within themselves ... a soft and ethereal single release that suits their harmonious musical alliance.

Life Beyond the Music

[Matterbloomlight] is a lush and deeply enchanting song… Intricate and quite beautiful acoustic guitar brings this into being. The vocals are gentle and effective. They convey emotion, but so does the music. There are intriguing layers of sound over the top that lend a dreamy, prog quality to this. It's very much a folk prog styled thing, really.

- Gary Hill, Music Street Journal

 

FEATURED PRAISE FOR OF ALL THESE THINGS

Once again I have to give Eric Anders a huge 5 stars for this new release and his duo partner gets a huge 5 stars as well.

- Sherryl Craig, Nashville Music Blog

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz’s album, Of All These Things, is something truly special. Melodically, lyrically and generally stunning…an outstanding piece of work.

- Made Shaw, The Weekly Spoon

Of All These Things is possibly the best mellow Americana I’ve heard all summer.  Anders and O’Bitz are certainly a dynamic duo.

- Punchland

[Anders and O’Bitz’s] chemistry sounds effortless … clearly the work of two seasoned professionals … Of All These Things is an album in which the love and care of the musician's craft is evident everywhere …

- Cody Conard, The Big Takeover

[Of All These Things] is filled with hits from start to finish… The vocals are strong as hell with a lyricism that tells a story within each piece… Bound to be one of the standout records of 2018.  Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz have outdone themselves once again.

- Modern Mystery Blog

[Of All These Things is] an indie folk album of exemplary craftsmanship.  Every cut on the release is as crisp as an apple.…  Every last crumb of beauty is delivered with precision.  Stellar musicianship combined with high-quality production.... [Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz] just hit a sweet spot.

- Gabe Kahan, Psychedelic Baby Magazine

Of All These Things is a treat.  Not only for the ear, but also for the soul.  Anders and O’Bitz shine on this collaboration.

- James Joseph, Artist View Blog

Whatever magic that Anders and O’Bitz have conjured in the studio, it’s working… [Of All These Things] is a prime example of some seriously advanced songwriting.

- Jake Tully, Moxipop

Of All These Things showcases … maturity and elegance.  Anders and O’Bitz take the listener on a wistful journey of self-discovery.…

- Know More Music

Anders and O’Bitz powerfully construct astonishingly passionate and relatable songs ... [with] meaningful lyrics and instrumentation ...

- Karen Benardello, Shock Ya!

If you were to describe Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz debut album Of All These Things, it would be similar to describing a good cup of coffee – it’s bittersweet, oddly refreshing, and has a calm moodiness to it.

Aupium

A beautiful collaboration ...

- Layla Marino, Ellenwood

Of All These Things is wonderfully beautiful and gentle. Subtle sonic colors, restrained, yet contagious rhythms and Anders’ yummy, lingering voice provide a musical confection of grace and elegance.​

- Randy Radic, Blogcritics and Seattle Post Intelligencer

Wistful melodies ... rich, roots-laden compositions …

- Jonathan Frahm, For Folks Sake

It is worth going into the universe that O'Bitz and Anders offer ... it's a universe of surprises that are worth discovering when music enters our ears...  Anders remains one of the most interesting voices of independent music.

- Humberto González, Alternativa Radical: Musica & Cultura Alternativa

[Of All These Thingsoffers some of the best sounds in Americana and folk-rock. A brilliant record and a beautiful collaboration.​

- Glenn Rodriguez, Songs for the Moment

[A] project full of spellbinding harmonies that enthral you...

- Bree Elis, Grunge Cake

…this record is possibly the best mellowed americana I’ve heard… The ten tracks on Of All These Things have a smooth, country-dabbled presence… “Eyes Of Your Loves” for example reminds me of early 2010 Wilco, warm and melancholy at the same time. Anders and O’Bitz are certainly a dynamic duo of acoustic rock, delivering track after track of Landslide wonder with just the right amount of mystery to keep listeners guessing.

- Punchland

 

FEATURED PRAISE FOR ELEVEN NINE

It’s not only well-written and well-produced [by Matt Brown], but a robust listen for anyone trying to find compassion or healing within the country’s political climate over the last six months.  Eleven Nine is powerful on all fronts. Heavy lyrics, ... beautiful melodies, and an overall production that paints a detailed picture with every track....  [Anders'] ability to write profound lyrics and deliver them in such a mesmerizing way is certainly something to be admired.... Anders’ music may be too polarizing for popular radio. But there’s no question it belongs in documentaries, political protests, and hell, the national archive.  It’s not easy to write songs that can connect with people. It’s even tougher to do so while making a political statement. Anders does it.
- Josh Helmuth, Crave
Songwriters and talented creatives such as Eric Anders use their music as a way to make powerful statements over soothing, comforting and infectious sound beds while evoking our minds to wander about the weight of the world as it continues putting pressure on our tired shoulders....  Eleven Nine is packed full of sonically tasty jams with just the right amount of Folk and Americana. After listening through multiple times ... I can guarantee you will experience uplifting, memorable and quite enjoyable tunes that not only support a great mission but make a potent statement in the process.
- Middle Tennessee Music
My work may not reflect my personal views, but in some cases, I get the opportunity to stumble upon art that says the words for me. Eric Anders‘ new album Eleven Nine is one that I can completely stand behind. Growing up, I sang along with artists like Arrested Development, Sonic Youth, Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Springsteen, No Doubt, and many more who found a way to speak their minds through their music. For generations, musicians have voiced their opinions through their lyrics and melodies and us, the fans, loved every second of it. Eric Anders is no exception to this phenomenon.  Eleven Nine is a beautiful and soulful album ...  This album is done with class and integrity. I feel it appropriately represents everything that a lot of Americans are feeling. Eric’s gentle voice and powerful words will be echoing through me for the foreseeable future. If you fall in love with it as well, please consider purchasing it ... It is for an amazing cause and every little bit counts.
Yvonne Glasgow, Beat
Wonderfully composed music, with soft and thoughtfully placed harmonies. The fire burned too long wins over with its piano, hitting chords off-beat and bringing a special dynamic into the song. Anders’ voice is complementing his words and melodies, touching your heart and will reach yours soul – just open up to a diverse album, with surprises in every song.
Malika Dahl, Bandcamp
Eric Anders has produced a strong album of excellent Americana music. Eleven Nine deserves your attention, whether you agree or disagree with the political statement made on the album. Eric Anders is a talented singer/songwriter.... The production values are excellent, the musicians are superb, the arrangements follow the best musical standards ... it’s good stuff! 
- Randy Radic, Huffington Post
[T]his concise message about the United States’ current political climate will certainly touch listeners.... Jeff Fielder and Tyler Nuffer ... [create] some standout leads. Songs like "Looking Forward to Your Fall" and "Big World Abide" have guitar parts that will move listeners as much as the singer’s voice....  "Inside the Sacrifice Zone" [is] the standout track of the record. 
- Jon Niles, Gig Soup
"How Low and Why" [is a] powerful track ... that perfectly sets the listener up for the thematic content of the rest of the project....  "Inside the Sacrifice Zone" [is a] standout track ...  [about] American tragedy [and is] beautifully harrowing.... Eleven Nine is a potent commentary on American society ... comprised of an extraordinary catalog of songs.
- Audible Addixion
Stemming from the Bay with a lot of important things to say ... Pulling at my heartstrings, “Do You Feel” is a vulnerable spill highlighting the empathy Eric has for people being affected by decisions being presently made by our POTUS.... The takeaway from this album, for me, is that ... citizen unrest and acts of peaceful defiance as such are an integral part of political action toward a peaceful society. From me to you, thank you, Eric Anders. 
- Tattoo
The passion with which Anders wrote ... and sang this material obviously influenced the fact that the music comes across fully accomplished. Anders is able to, at the same time, to produce a perfect vehicle for his message and ... make you put the message aside and listen to the music...
- Sputnik Music
... powerful, hard-hitting ... the heartfelt plea for change that we have all been waiting for ....  a beautifully crafted, 10 song masterpiece ... "Inside the Sacrifice Zone’ is a must listen, perfectly illustrating Anders’ musical ability and the overall feel of the album. ‘How low and why’ ... is also phenomenal.
- Tune Collective
"How Low and Why" is an Americana gem ... It's refreshing to find artists who aren't afraid to put across such a clear message of who they are and what they stand for. Eleven Nine is a meaningful work. 
- Indie Shuffle
What makes Eric Anders unique is his ability to seemingly bypass the impotent rage felt by so many into something more tangible in its goal to expose, enlighten, and perhaps actually change in a way that will bring us closer together. 
- Modern Fix
It’s a great album full of folk sounding rock, reminiscent of the greats, like Paul Simon and Neil Young....  From “The Fire Has Burned Too Long” all the way to “I Hear Them All (This Land Is Your Land),” you’ll find well-written songs with something to say and a story to tell.
- Sidestage Magazine
[Eleven Nine] is an eloquent, considered response to the horrific election of a racist, elitist moron to the presidency. With a classic singer/songwriter sonic vibe, compelling lyrics and tasty instrumental performances, this is an album that speaks to the despair the election caused, while delivering a strong musical experience. This is a definite must have. 
Floorshime Zipper Boots
Eleven Nine is a beautiful and soulful album ... [it] is done with class and integrity. I feel it appropriately represents everything that a lot of Americans are feeling. Eric’s gentle voice and powerful words will be echoing through me for the foreseeable future. If you fall in love with it as well, please consider purchasing it and sharing it with your friends. It is for an amazing cause and every little bit counts. 
Lizzy Evensen, Artist View Blog
It really is a great album... [With "How Low and Why"] we get a killer slab of Americana on this smoking hot tune...  it just oozes cool. It reminds me a bit of Neil Young in some ways. It gets a bit distorted and seriously rocking as it continues.... [With regard to "Do You Feel",] I love the fuzz drenched, retro textures [and the] old-school retro groove on this tune is quite classy. 
Gary Hill, Music Street Journal
Protest music doesn't get much more powerful than Eric Anders' "How Low and Why." Channeling Neil Young, the singer-songwriter's Eleven Nine is a collection of songs that protests the bigotry that Trump has come to represent. All proceeds from the album will go to Lambda Legal, so kill two birds with one stone by buying excellent music and supporting the folks defending my legal rights. 
Adobe and Teardrops
Eric Anders…provides a soothing counterpoint to the protest songs on his latest album “Eleven Nine.” The album begins with a somber ballad, “The Fire Has Burned Too Long,” that offers little hope. “A Man for No Season”...strikes a cleverer tone posed...Another highlight is a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “I Hear Them All,” which melds in a couple verses from “This Land is Your Land” and a joyously defiant New Orleans-style piano solo. 
Chris Kompanek, Huffington Post
The clear vitriol that Anders feels towards Trump is eloquently affixed to some fantastically heartbreaking tunes ... The harmonies are great [and] it’s as though they represent the echoes of a crumbling nation.
Swept Magazine
New anti-Trump album is full of great folk tunes. Eric Anders Questions, Is This Your Land? [His] new anti-Trump album is full of great folk tunes ... I seriously don’t have a favorite song on this album ... I like them all.
Yvonne Glasgow, Beat
[Eleven Nine] is a production with excellent features and great technical gestures.... [it] constitutes a strong political protest ... [and] demonstrates artistic maturity.
Revista Ojo
“The Fire Has Burned Too Long” warrants further consideration and food for thought pertaining to the severity of traumatizing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual poverty seemingly within our immediate surroundings. Unafraid to endure and encounter harrowing pain and potentially enormous consequences, Eric Anders lyrically confronts the arch nemesis that has both curdled our blood and enlivened our desire to create a kinder and brighter world at the deepest core of our being. 
Jessica Golich, Tattoo
Sharing singles such as "This Fire Has Burned for Too Long," we get a sense of Anders as not only a musician but an enticing lyricist. Each song on this release is perfection from start to finish. With additional songs that make a great statement such as "Looking Forward to Your Fall," Anders tells a tale that many Americans can relate to. His way of combining his feelings will resonate with many listeners who will fully understand where he is coming from. Whether you are a fan of folk music or not, it would be an injustice to yourself if you didn't check out Eric Anders' newest release. Be sure to dive in, below.
- Paste Magazine
Eric Anders’ Eleven Nine is a meditation on our times. ...[His] songs evoke memories of the rock-leaning end of classic protest music. Anders doesn’t offer any easy answers – in large part because none exists – but he raises the issues, and does so in an appealing musical context. And that’s enough to make hearing his music a worthwhile experience.
- Bill Kopp, Musoscribe.com
Eleven Nine is a strong album ...  
Whether you agree or disagree with the political implications, Eleven Nine is worthwhile simply for the music.
- Seattle pi
[Eric Anders’] new track “This Fire Has Burned Too Long” [is] a scathing critique of the present political climate over a lush, jazzy rhythmic backing…[the] vocals of Anika Reichert add an extra emotional edge to this moving effort. 
Obscure Sound
 

FEATURED PRAISE FOR PRIOR RELEASES

Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders is the modern folk based anthology we have been waiting to hear, and will never forget.

     -IndiePulse Music

[Eric's version of "Blister in the Sun" is] one of the best covers of any retro song to be heard.

    -Today's Retro

...heaven-sent vocals [in] glorious tracks such as "These People" [and] "Never Enough" ...

     -Louise Parker, Paste Magazine

Folk artist Eric Anders has released an outstanding collection of some of the most beautiful and meaningful songs for 2016....  Best of the best ... is what we would give this new collection....

     -Sherryl Craig, Nashville Music Guide

Anders' voice is breathtaking on the album, as each piece really displays his vocal stylings, as well as his talent for instrumentation and writing songs that will pull at your very heartstrings. Anders is an impressive artist who delivers time and time again.

     -Emily Hinde, No Depression

Anders’ ethereal voice is one that can be compared to the sounds of Jeff Buckley, yet he carries a type of poignancy similar to Cat Stevens. His powerful, and sometimes politically driven lyrics will make your heart heavy at times.

     -Abe Noorsay, East Coast Rocker

With a sound that is reminiscent of both Neil Young and Bob Dylan, yet the new and youthful driving energy embossed sound of rock ... Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders is the modern folk based anthology we have been waiting to hear, and will never forget.

     -Joseph Timmons, IndiePulse

Sometimes you hear a sound so honest and vulnerable that you can’t help but become emotionally moved by the sheer beauty of it. With his newest album release, Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders, Eric Anders offers us a compilation of some of his most intriguing and inspirational work.

     -Ryan Donnelly, Vents Magazine

The absolute highlight ... is Anders' "cover" of The Violent Femmes' “Blister in the Sun" ...  He makes it his own haunting version, and it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

     -Rachel Freitas, Music Existence

The flow of each song works nicely, held together by fine original production and of course, the unmistakable sound of Eric Anders' voice. If you're new to his music, Big World Abide is a good place to discover Eric Anders.  If you're already a fan, it's a pleasurable compilation.

     -Kath Galasso, On Stage Magazine

Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders is a sturdy representation of Anders’ songwriting craft and lyrical potency, akin to the likes of Jack Johnson and David Gray at their most prolific.

     -Samuel Mensah, Daily News Service

Eric Anders’ compilation Big World Abide draws from four of his works and the result is a time travel through the artist’s state of mind and collaborations throughout the years. The tracks he and his producers have chosen ... demonstrate Anders’s remarkable journey as a musician.

     -Steph Cunningham, Scallywag Magazine

In just his second full length album, Eric Anders is already being touted as one of the best singer/songwriters of today. Upon hearing More Regrets, you realize that this praise is definitely warranted.

     -Greg Howell, AntiMusic

With a voice that combines James Taylor's grounded poignancy with Jeff Buckley's complex ethereality, west coast

singer/songwriter Eric Anders creates gorgeous, wistful 'Sunday Morning' music unlike that of any other contemporary artist. 
     -Gail Worley, Worley Gig

Judging by this impressive debut, singer-songwriter Eric Anders deserves a seat at the table reserved for acclaimed contemporary alternative-pop troubadours such as Pete Yorn, Belle & Sebastian, and Badly Drawn Boy.

     -Minor 7th

There’s a bounty of mid-tempo poise from song to song, as Anders explores the realms of troubled folks and vexing internal issues. From this pain comes musical pleasure, a soothing balm of genuine, deeply compelling explorations masquerading as pleasant songs.

     -Gary Glauber, PopMatters

Songs such as 'Together Alone' and 'Icarus' explore isolation, loss, and love with an uncanny truth that casts a powerful spell that transports listeners into the songs themselves.

     -Robert Kinsler, Orange County Register

Eric Anders is an obscure, independent singer songwriter whose unaffected ability to turn a phrase and otherworldly knack for arranging transcendent, melancholy melodies would have made him a superstar, you know, if records still sold based on talent.

     -Gail Worley, Worley Gig

There’s nothing about Not at One that gives it away as a debut from an untested rookie in the music biz. Instead, Eric Anders and his fellow musicians arrive on the scene sounding like old friends you’ve known for years.

     -Gary Glauber, PopMatters

This kind of studied, literate songwriting is a gift given to the listener—one that surprises, challenges, questions and gratifies you every time you hear it, Anders is as engaging a singer and musician as he is a writer. This is a highly recommended release and one of the most finished, self-possessed and driven DIY releases we've heard in a long, long time.
     -Performing Songwriter

The music is laid back, richly woven, contemplative, and inviting. The vocals are hushed, gentle, whisperstrong ... this, friends, is what that whole singer/songwriter movement is all about: one man with a vision, a unique voice, solid instrumentation, and words that can—and will—open your eyes.

     -Playback:stl

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