At the intersection of Folk, Indie, and Alternative music you’ll find Blind Pilot, a six-member band with three studio albums and multiple EPs. I stumbled upon their music about a year ago purely by chance (thanks, Pandora) and they quickly became my favorite band.
Founded in 2007 by Israel Nebeker, Blind Pilot’s typically mellow music focuses on simple yet elegant lyrics and understated harmonies. Individual songs tell stories that come together to form poignant, relatable albums. As cliche as it may sound, And Then Like Lions ( 2016) accurately portrays the emotions that come with losing love and finding oneself.
“A couple of years ago I found love in different forms leaving my life at once. In a single month I lost my closest group of friends, my 13 year relationship ended, and my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I had just stopped touring to write the next Blind Pilot album, but instead I was watching each of my plans unthread as a new season pulled forward relentlessly.” -Israel Nebeker
Given that description, one might think the album would be a musical pitty-party, but don’t be fooled. And Then Like Lions is not a bummer. At its core is a message of love, hope, and joy. In fact, I’m willing to bet you’ll find yourself delightedly dancing around while listening to it.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to do just that – with a multitude of other fans. Blind Pilot visited Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina on February 7 as part of their And Then Like Lions tour. The band sounds astonishingly good live. (I’d go as far as to say they sound better live than they do on recordings.) As a special treat, they did a fully acoustic rendition of “Just One”. All instruments were unplugged and all fans (human and electric) were silenced. It was the most moving music experience I think I’ve ever had.
Blind Pilot is continuing their tour through November with both North American and European stops. You can find their schedule here. If you’re able, I highly recommend attending at least one show. At the very least you should explore their repertoire via your favorite music streaming platform. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Lead Image Credit: Nan Palmero via flickr.com