CD REVIEW: American Bardo by Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz.

We want to clear the air in this one –  this album collaboration shows that anything is possible. Now, we may be stretching this a bit to fit our very own narrative because we have very close roots in Southern California and there is a major rivalry between them and Northern California. These two artists come together for an amazing collaborative album called “American Bardo”. Eric Anders (singer/songwriter) and Mark O’Bitz (guitarist-composer) released this new concept album that brings both their talents to shine. 

When you listen to “Bury Me”, you get a sense of the genius of Mark O’Bitz to perfectly complement the sultry voice of Eric Anders. The song is intense in its own right, yet soft when listening to it. Bury Me really shows you the pain and hurt that is behind the lyrics, wanting to drift away with the love that they only know. It’s able to keep him alive while killing him at the same time. 

The guitar progression falls perfectly inline with Eric’s melody to bring forth the spirit of edge and courage to live with a pain that hurts but can’t live without. 

There are so many melodic sounds that seem to be going over and top of each other, and yet, it fits perfectly together. All this controlled chaos allows us to feel the pain, feel the aching inside of our own heart, we feel the powerful lyrics going over and over inside our head. Their music commands for us to listen and reflect.

Mark O’Bitz is just the perfect composer to work with Eric. He knows what is needed in each track to make sure that it fits just right. We see it again Bardo Cons, where we can see more of his genius begin to come to light. We get the feeling of early Lynyrd Skynyrd in terms of guitar melody to really steal the show. When you hear Freebird or Tuesday’s Gone, you know exactly what we mean. 

Take a gander and listen to Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz and see how they really transcend in their newest album, “American Bardo”.


by Javier Zepeda

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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