Eric Anders & Mark O’Bitz partner up for the new single titled ‘Old Theory of Love’. Haunting from the outset, ‘Old Theory Of Love’ gives that in-the-shadows feel while staying outside-of-the-box in execution. This is a dark and beautiful song. The kind that grows on you with that initial listen. The kind that wraps around you with its introspection and stays a part of you. This is music incarnate. That sensual slow build to the punchline and the punchline isn’t funny, it’s reflective.
Do not listen to this track; absorb it.
Northern Californian singer-songwriter, Eric Anders, and southern Californian guitarist-composer, Mark O’Bitz, have released a full-length album every year since 2018. The duo is announcing a new project the twelve-song concept album, American Bardo, due out July 31st, 2020. American Bardo was recorded, produced, and mixed by Mike Butler.
All the songs were written by Eric and Mark. American Bardo was inspired by George Saunders’ Mann Booker Prize-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, and all the songs on American Bardo are directly related to one or more of the characters in the novel. American Bardo will be Eric’s eighth full-length album and the duo’s third full-length album. Eric got into writing and recording songs in the early 2000s when he met Mark at one of Mark’s shows and the two decided to collaborate on music.
Eric then tried to make up for the lost time by releasing three critically acclaimed solo releases in four years: Not At One (2003), Songs for Wayward Days (2004), More Regrets(2005), and Tethered to the Ground (2006).
In 2007, the duo’s song “So Wrong” from Tethered to the Ground was used in the Michael Schroeder film, Man in the Chair, starring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer. The song “Big World Abide” from Tethered to the Ground was used in TV shows: the Dutch soap opera Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden, and the Courtney Cox TV show, Dirt. Eric wrote the majority of the songs on these early releases with Mark and this would hold true for his 2011 solo release, Remains In Me, his “best of Eric Anders” retrospective Big World Abide in 2016, and his anti-Trump album Eleven Nine in 2017. As a duo, Eric and Mark would release Of All These Things in 2018, Ghosts To Ancestors in 2019, and now American Bardo in 2020.