The coronavirus pandemic and stay at home directives have had an unexpected upside with creatives worldwide creating, finding new avenues to entertain and reconnecting with their art, fans and themselves. Just ask Eric Roberson who's been extremely inspired during this time and has shocked fans with the release of his second surprise album in less than a month, Hear From Here. "I have learned from past experiences to trust the process and look for the purpose," he poignantly states. "I found it in this album, Hear From Here; 10 songs I heard when the world was quiet."
The introspective quote might lead you to believe you're about to experience a somber collection of acoustic piano-driven melodies. But if you've ever witnessed Roberson perform live, you know the artist has a knack for astounding the audience with unexpected melodies and inventive freestyles. In other words, you never really know what to expect, but you know it's going to be good, and Hear From Here falls right in line.
You'll undoubtedly find yourself on your feet at the start of your listening session as Erro begins his newest set with a romantic mid-tempo bop called "Road to Recovery." He keeps the playful energy for the next few tracks "Omaha" (Erro-speak for "On My Heart"), "Never Ever" and "Hurry Up" a delightful Stevie Wonder-esque composition.
"Already Knew You" is the bridge between two vibes, commencing as a light groove before shifting gears and settling into a soulful ballad. We're gonna go ahead and credit the sensual pulse of tracks "Soft Like You" and "Tonight" for at least part of the December 2020/January 2021 baby boom. "Hope Will Have to Do" and "Please Stay Around" remind us that love ain't always easy, but it's worth fighting for when you've found the right person.
United Tenors bandmate Brian Courtney Wilson joins Roberson to deliver a message of hope on closing track, "Shining" – further demonstrating that Hear From Here is just the pick-me-up we need after a trying week. We've already been gifted with a whole free album, so let's support independent art by purchasing a copy of Erro's latest right now. As a side note, in honor of the legendary Bill Withers who passed away today, there's no better time to revisit Eric's recent "Lovely Day" collaboration with Bee Boisseau.