By Steph Cunningham
Eric Anders’s compilation Big World Abide draws from four of his works and the result is a time travel through the artist’s state of mind and collaboration throughout the years. The tracks he and his producers have chosen from Tethered to the Ground, Remains in Me, More Regrets, and Not At One demonstrate Anders’s remarkable journey as a musician as well as his knack for choosing the right musical and writing partners.
Anders launched his career a little bit later in life, but no matter. He made up for lost time, releasing one project after the other to critical acclaim. He had that “once you know what you want to do, do it” momentum that has served him well. Another thing that’s helped. Anders has been intuitive about who he’s worked with.
Case in point. For his debut album, Not At One, Anders collaborated with Mark O-Bitz (songwriting), Richard Barron (production) and the members of The Sugarplum Fairies, Benny Bohm (songwriting, pre-production), and Silvia Ryder (pre-production).
Anders regularly tethers his music to world views and political stances. He worked with Not At One’s mixer Jeff Peters, Davey Faragher (Cracker), and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) on the EP Songs for Wayward Days. The Record took on W in the 2004 election.
A soulful and ponderous record, Big World Abide is a layered down-tempo experience. But not a downer by any stretch. There’s a lot of skinchanging to the California singer-songwriter. Thick and thin. At times introspective and mirthful. Other times, bold and scathing.
Matt Brown for Tethered and Remains in Me
Randy Mitchell for More Regrets
Richard Barron and I produced Not At One
His first four releases were mixed by Jeff Peters and Mastered by Chris Solem at Future Disc. Remains In Me was mixed and mastered by Matt Brown.
Tethered to the Ground
Big World Abide
Remains In Me
Remembering On My Own
Blister in the Sun
Genocide and Justice
Looking Forward to Your Fall
How Low and Why