Northern Californian singer-songwriter Eric Anders and southern Californian guitarist-composer Mark O'Bitz have been working on music together since Eric's 2003 debut release, Not At One, which, like all of Eric's seven solo releases, was mostly made up of Anders/O'Bitz songs.
The guys started releasing music as a duo in 2018 with Of All These Things. They followed that up with Ghosts to Ancestors in 2019. Their 2020 album, American Bardo, was listed in Popmatters' top 50 Americana albums for 2020.
Eric and Mark are proud to have worked with Basque artist Joseba Elorza (Greenday) on their latest music video, "Searise." American Bardo, "Searise," and all of Eric and Mark's recent releases were produced by Mike Butler of San Diego. You can read more about Mike and Joseba below.
We are currently working on our album, Stuck Inside, the third installment of our pandemic collection "music in the time of coronavirus." See the music page to hear the first and second installments.
From our producer, Mike Butler, San Diego:
"I got my start as an assistant engineer at the legendary Record Plant Studios where I had an opportunity to learn from some of the biggest and best names in recording. Later as an independent engineer and mixer in L.A., I was lucky enough to work with some amazing artists including Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders, Five For Fighting, The Shins, Fanfarlo, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Colbie Callat, Death Cab For Cutie, Norah Jones, and many more. I also did extensive mixing work for famed Japanese producer Tetsuya Komuro that earned several number one spots in Japan. Since relocating to San Diego in 2010, I have mixed and/or engineered for hundreds of independent and national artists including tracks for Phoebe Bridgers, Jessca Hoop, Night Beds, Diet Cig, Brent Knopf (El Vy, Ramona Falls), Katrina Parker (The Voice), Radio Moscow and Active Bird Community."
From Joseba Elorza:
Hey! My name is Joseba Elorza.
I was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a small city in the Basque Country, Spain. I studied to become a sound technician and later spent a couple of unfruitful years in art school. It was all this synesthesic hodgepodge where MiraRuido sprang from; I used to spend the morning as a sound thechnician in a radio station and the evening working on collages. Sight gradually took over hearing, and presently I’m making a living as an illustrator and animator. I’ve done illustrations for clients like Wall Street Journal, Esquire or Hollywood Reporter and animations for National Geographic, Amazon Studios and Green Day among others.
And what does "MiraRuido" mean?
Well, it’s just the union of two Spanish words:
“Mira” = “look, see”
“Ruido” = “noise”.
Jonathan Frahm Interviews Eric Anders in For Folk's Sake 5
"Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz’s American Bardo begins with ‘Matterbloomlight (Revisited)’. Earlier this year, For Folk’s Sake premiered and praised the single for its complex, cyclical themes and the profundity of its arrangement. Now, much of the same can be said of the duo’s full album—out now, each track on the album is a “reading” to one of the characters in the Mann-Booker Prize-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. An individualistic conception in and of itself, the album incorporates synthetic and organic musical elements alike to form its cerebral folk and Americana.
One half of the inimitable collaboration, Eric Anders, is the latest to take on our ‘FFS 5’ interview series. Within, Anders offers morsels on his background as a Californian artist, the academia that informs his songwriting, and what his perception of artistic success is."
Indie Music Discovery Interview with Eric Anders & Mark O’Bitz – Comes And Goes:
"In this interview spotlight, Indie Music Discovery chats with Eric Anders & Mark O’Bitz about their collaborative music project, the latest releases, challenges and more."