Sunday, January 17, 2010

CD Review: Blind Pilot Takes Off With Digital Only Release

The Portland, Oregon duo of singer/guitarist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski released their debut album in the summer of 2008 as Blind Pilot. After a year-long world tour, they decided to take their touring band into the studio for an iTunes exclusive session. Released at the end of 2009, Blind Pilot's "iTunes Session" EP has received much praise from their fan community, and with good reason. The EP features five songs performed live in a studio, with no overdubs. Three of the five songs were taken from the band's debut album "3 Rounds and a Sound". Also performed was an amazing cover of Gillian Welch's "Look At Miss Ohio" and a brand-new original song "Get It Out".

The harmonizing at the beginning of "Look At Miss Ohio" sets the stage for a lesson in "indie-folk" music. The strumming acoustic guitars gets nicely highlighted by a touch of keyboards, but the vocals steal the spotlight throughout these session songs. "The Story I Heard" displays a quicker pace with the subtle hint of trumpets that only add to the listening pleasure. The time changes of "One Red Thread" helps this song stand out from the rest. Blind Pilot slows down the pace with "3 Rounds and a Sound". The playfulness of the banjo and trumpets sets the tone of lyrics sung wonderfully by Israel Nebeker. The EP ends with the unreleased "Get It Out" which shows off the brush drum-work of Ryan Dobrowski.

Do yourself a favor and check out this band, their new iTunes exclusive EP is available now. Also visit the Blind Pilot's website for information on this release as well as their debut album and upcoming tour dates.

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