Eric Anders & Mark O’Bitz continue their prolific rollout of new music. After their single “Careful My Son” that they opened this new (pandemic) year, here comes their album Sirens Go By, to be followed by yet another EP later in the year.
Is it too much? Well, not really, if your music’s good. After all, making (and listening) to music when you have to stay home most of the time is certainly better than just sitting down and flipping your fingers.
And Anders and O’Bitz are actually making a four-part series they call “music in the time of coronavirus,” with Sirens Go By being the second installment. As is the case with many other artists, all the songs on the album were written and produced remotely, with the two musicians living in different parts of California. The same was the case with their producer Mike Butler and other musicians that took part in the recording.
Still, the album in no way sounds disjointed or disparate. Recording together for a while now seems to have helped Anders & O’Bitz come to like-minded ideas about music and the lyrics they incorporate in it. And there is a sense of unity and uniformness in all the songs on the album.
You do get that feeling of loneliness and isolation so characteristic of these pandemic times. But this sharing of such feelings as interpreted by Anders & O’Bitz has quite a therapeutic effect – you realize that you’re not the only person in the world feeling lonely and isolated. Of course, good music surely helps.