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Sirens Go By

Updated: Aug 28

Music In the Time of Coronavirus, Part II

Mark and I released Sirens Go By on February 11, 2021. This 8-song LP is the second installment of our pandemic collection we are calling "music in the time of coronavirus."

The title song, "Sirens Go By," is the song on the album most obviously about the pandemic. Several others only allude to the pandemic.

The first two tracks--"A Love So So" and "Always Almost"--are more like my solo work from the early aughts (before I met my wife). The first is about a long-term relationship not working out; the second is about a guy who is unable to connect with others.

Regarding "A Love So So," I had to reassure my in-laws that it was not at all autobiographical. "Always Almost" is autobiographical in that it describes me before I met my wife.

The third track, "Twilight's Last Gleaming," is a song in the vein of "Careful Now My Son." "Twilight" is more an elegy for the "Great America" I had grown up believing in--a common childhood delusion for white privileged kids of my generation--whereas "Careful" is more a warning of what the current America, an even more delusion-addled and autocratic America, could become.

I initially divided up the releases of "music in the time of coronavirus" according to the style of the songs. "Careful Now My Son" was the only song done in a true Americana style. Our upcoming release is the six-song EP Stuck Inside. All six songs are done in an edgier or rockin' style (electric-guitar-based rather acoustic-guitar or piano-based). All of the songs on Sirens Go By (and our fourth project we added to the collection, Variant Blues) are done in a more typical Anders/O'Bitz singer-songwriter style.

If you'd like to do a deep dive into what I mean by our singer-songwriter style, I made a Spotify playlist of the best of our songs as a duo, 2018-2020. You can also hear the Anders/O'Bitz songs I released as a solo artist from 2003-2011 on the Spotify playlist at the very bottom, most of them done in this style too.

Eric Anders - February 20, 2021