Saturday, 1 January 2011

Eric & Magill - All Those I Know

The story of Wisconsin's indie outfit Eric & Magill began on June 2007, when Decibully's Ryan Weber packed up and moved to the Republic of Armenia for a year to volunteer as an instructor of audio design. It was in here in this foreign post that in his free time Weber began sketching what would become All Those I Know.

While in Armenia, proximity to Decibully and his other musical partners in Milwaukee became less important. Access to erratic e-mail, in an office that was converted from a metal shipping container, was the only way that he could collaborate with friends back in the States.

During this period, Weber started bouncing ideas off of long time friend and former Camden guitarist Eric Osterman. It was through this process of writing songs over e-mail that spawned the idea of collaborating with everyone Weber knew. Through years of touring and making music, Weber was able to enlist some close friends who happen to be some of the most well respected and acclaimed artists in indie rock to collaborate with.
All Those I Know features collaborations with artists responsible for creating such bands as Shearwater, The Dirty Projectors, Volcano Choir, Joan of Arc, Sufjan Stevens, Maritime and Dashboard Confessional. In addition to these musicians, Osterman and Weber created an Internet Choir comprised of over forty friends singing into their computers from around the world.

All Those I Know is a true testament to the power of technology and the strength of friendships and the shrinking planet. From its colorful and sweeping soundscapes down to its quiet whispers, All Those I Know is an undeniably gorgeous record that will have you captivated from start to finish.

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