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Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz

This Mortal Farce

Review by Gary Hill

This is the third set from this act that I have reviewed. It's the second I've put under progressive rock. It's not a tight fit, but the moody, dreamy textures of this have a definite prog (at least of the modern variety) vibe. There is plenty of Americana here, too, and quite a bit of Neil Young reference. Whatever you call it, these four pieces are strong.

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Track by Track Review
There's No Changin'
With a moody, almost dreamy kind of vibe to it, this combines something like a shoegaze, dream pop sound with some Americana and soft rock. This really manages to rise up toward soaring zones as it continues.
Comes And Goes
The classic rock sounds are really all over this number. It makes me think of Neil Young to a large degree. I love the dreamy atmospherics over the top of the cut. It's slow moving, but also powerful and intense.
Old Eyes
There is some decidedly proggy (yet mellow) instrumental work later in the piece. This has a slow moving and moody atmosphere and tone. It's a cool number that works really well.
Seen So Much
I love the moody, trippy, yet soaring sounds of this number. The track has a lot of shoegaze, dream-pop texture to it. That Neil Young thing is on hand here, too. The instrumental movement is all class.
 
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