Acoustic Duo Eric Anders & Marc O’Bitz Explore The Ether With Album “Ghosts to Ancestors”
Long-time collaborators, Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz released their sophomore album as a duo, Ghosts To Ancestors. Having released their first album, Of All These Things, as a duo to critical acclaim in the summer of 2018, this latest effort builds perfectly on their debut release. The ten-track project is a truly phenomenal showcase of the twosome’s acoustic talent. Ebbing and flowing between genres and inspirations, the album is tied together by a profoundly authentic identity.
All ten songs were written by Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz. Eric provides haunting vocals and Mark is awe-inspiring on acoustic guitar. The talent pool is further bolstered with Grammy-winning guitarist Randy Ray Mitchell is on electric guitar throughout the album as well. Most of the album was recorded by Jeff Peters at The Pie Studios in Pasadena. James Gadson (Bill Withers, Paul McCartney) is on drums on many of the songs. Phil Jones (Tom Petty) is on drums on several others
The title refers to an idea by the late and great psychoanalyst, Hans Loewald. It refers to how Loewald thought of psychoanalysis as a process that helps people move from being haunted by the ghosts of their childhoods to having these ghosts become merely their ancestors. In other words, it is a process that can help people not be haunted by the people who should have made their childhoods better.
This theme of moving beyond past traumas is ever-present throughout the album. Contemplative tracks like “Wonder A Time,” “To The End,” and “Meaning Of Life,” Showcase Anders considerable vocal range as well as the duo’s penchant for thought-provoking lyrics. The album is especially punctuated by transcendent additions “More Than Love.” “Wounded Son” and the closing track “Internal Fire” Rife with smouldering melodies, soaring highs and deep emotive moments, “Ghost To Ancestors” is a wondrous voyage through.