Message Bottle EP
As of release date Dear Ether is Tom Erickson, a one man band, in Portland OR, living within slender means working full time on music; writing, recording, playing solo shows. The aim is to develop a full time band to absorb the growing catalog of songs, release a few studio albums and tour in order share the music and experience with others. POP TOMORROW! Rev Dec 2008: Dear Ether is the one man band of Portland, Oregon's (via Seattle) Tom Erickson. This lovely five song EP features an assortment of stylings within the indie-rock/pop genre. ...the rough-hewn energy pouring from this album is uncanny. ...In some ways unknowable the aesthetic Message Bottle has the same sort of heart as fellow Portland group The Builders and the Butchers without as much obvious gloom. The layers of such a one man wrecking cruel become, at times, a bit complicated, but never dissuade an appreciation of something genuine and proficiently adept. As Erickson sings in "Silhouette" "Well you might not like the sound of this but it fits me me like a glove" To call the lyrics interesting would be an obvious understatement. Perhaps the best lyric of all is from the final track, "It's no fun", when Erickson descants "all you hold is the sound of the space clouds moving around, and everyone in the crowd they act too proud and they look like melting space clowns pushing around" He's either a utterly insane or a complete genius, and either way, I love it!