With loads of joined and solo releases up their sleeves, Northern Californian singer/songwriter Eric Anders, and southern Californian guitarist/composer Mark O’Bitz kept on with their strong alliance as they released their highly melodic 6 songs EP “So Far Gone” on the 22nd of August, 2022. “So Far Gone” is a diverse-sounding EP with different perspectives all knit together in an awesome form. Let me tell you more about it,
“So Far Gone” starts with the title track and it says a lot about Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz’s sound. It has a smooth dynamic progression that’s been slowly and professionally cooked. It starts as a classic western tune and kept on getting heavier with sound really pounding parts. “Above The Highest Of Spires” comes next with a more alternative direction and powerful open sound and catchy dynamics, I believe this sounds amazing when played live and can easily get a lot of fans’ engagement. Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz get more emotional as we head toward the middle of the EP on “Fantasyland”. It’s a beautifully crafted stream of fluid melodies that carries you once you push play, its powerful heartfelt melodies struck a chord, definitely one of my favorites off the EP. “Down To See” keeps with the deep emotional vibes adding a more psychedelic mood in a progressive form with the best guitar work so far. Reaching “Dirty Sun”, Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz’s songwriting gets beautifully interesting, I’m in love with their haunting guitar tone, smooth melodies, and interesting structures. Ending the record with the bluesy Hendrix-y “Hey Josephine”. 7:05 minutes of well-written and amazingly performed pure old-school blues rock with some remarkable guitar hero moments in the most perfect setting and groove.
“So Far Gone” is a rich musical experience led by Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz, their diverse sounds and floating everchanging melodies all mashed up to create a very unique unpredictable sound that I totally dig. Looking forward to more from Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz, keep on rocking guys, cheers!