I was pretty darn excited yesterday to get a glimpse inside the studio for the new Blind Pilot album, due September 13th. This is probably one of my most highly anticipated sophomore records from a band in a long time (except maybe The Head and The Heart, but patience is a virtue). Blind Pilot released their thoroughly superb, smokily-shaded debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound in 2008 — I loved it then and it has held fast as a favorite. Singer Israel Nebeker’s voice holds such a rich and knowing sweetness, and the themes of the album swim deep in veins of love and loss.
The new album is named after a song “We Are The Tide” that first surfaced live last year, and that I featured happily on my Autumn Leaves/Autumn Stays mix. There is something deeply autumnal about Blind Pilot, at least to my ears, so I can’t wait until this September. We’re trying to get them in for a Chapel Session this fall as well, so stay tuned. I can hardly imagine anything nicer.
We Are The Tide (live in Portland) – Blind Pilot