6 years ago Blind Pilot came to play at my agency in Boulder, Colorado. Just a small group of us swaying and working while watching something incredibly beautiful unfold in front of our eyes. Since 2010 I’ve followed this group on their musical journey — each track from each album raw and emotional and filled with subtle influences of Portland, Oregon (where this lovely band originates). Having just returned from a visit to check out Portland, I too completely understand how inspirational Portland can be.
This album, while not a far departure from their previous two, is a tad more somber. That should come as no surprise, however, as Israel had quite a bit to mourn with the death of his father and the end of a 13 year relationship. While most of the songs on the album are about love lost, don’t think for a second this album is depressing. If anything, this album is a testimony to heartbreak and recovery. Israel has been able to bring through the learnings from his suffering and share it with all of us to grow.
It is evident that Blind Pilot will keep on growing and expressing authentic and relatable music. I can’t wait to hear what comes out of that growth and expression! For now, I will stick with the impressive 3 albums in their catalogue and look forward to more in the near future.
Tracks that really move me on this album: