To describe Eric Contractor as a singer-songwriter in the traditional, guitar-slinging sense is not sufficient to portray the richness and originality of his music. It all begins with his singular, powerful, baritone voice that evokes ancient mysticism, retro rock crooners of yore (think Roy Orbison, Scott Walker, Chris Isaak, and Jim Morrison), and is woven into a highly modern, art rock context. Once you add in Eric’s poetic lyrics, modern instrumentation, near-operatic theatricality, soulful phrasings, and a striking harmonic sensibility, you’ve got a whole new “bitches brew.” [+]