Characteristic: Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz

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A collaborative duo who proceed to enthrall since forming 20 years in the past, Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz embrace an Americana course on new EP Contrapasso. Catching our ears with earlier full-lengths like The Loss We’ve Gained and Solutions Belie, Anders and O’Bitz are joined on this EP by their good buddy and gifted multi-instrumentalist Mike Butler.

Quite a lot of people instrumentations on the discharge are performed by Butler, who has collaborated with the duo beforehand, although the EP represents his most distinguished involvement to this point; he additionally produced and blended the discharge. John O’Reily Jr additionally contributes his drumming abilities. The result’s a riveting assortment of songwriting, thematically poignant in its reflections on the risks of cult-like mentalities and blind allegiance to charismatic leaders

Opening observe “Excessive on Cult Life” captivates in its escalating vocal presence and plucky guitar work, assembling right into a shifty percussive sharpness and “excessive because the solar,” vocal outpouring; the anthemic heights listed below are invigorating alongside clap-laden infusions. “Bells Toll” emits a haunting Americana arsenal, with shades of Neil Younger within the vocal presence and twangy guitar accompaniments. The debonair, southern-touched aptitude of “This Haunted Love” ignites a bluesy attract, whereas “Bought Down the Rivers” incorporates strings throughout the heartrending array of guitars and evolving vocals for a incredible send-off.

Anders selected the album title “as a result of the songs are all critiques of the American “inferno” we live in as we speak – the place People are both enslaved by or oppressed by the ridiculously silly beliefs of a racist and cultish minority of a whole bunch of thousands and thousands.”

“Excessive on Cult Life” and different tracks featured this month could be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Rising Singles’ Spotify playlist.

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