Free Music Download: Blind Pilot - "Winter Tour Sampler"
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:48:23
Blind Pilot are currently enjoying the success of their critically lauded album, And Then Like Lions. Like all good bands who know how to share, the band from Portland are taking the album out on the road for what they're calling a 'winter tour', because, well, it's winter.
To celebrate the tour, which celebrates the album, the band have issued a free download sampler featuring a couple of singles from the album as well as two exclusive live tracks, recorded at Bear Creek Studio. Check below for the download link.
"Don't Doubt" and "Moon at Dawn" are the two songs included from the album — they're smart inclusions; expressing the ethos of the larger collection, conveyed crisply here with an atmosphere of their own. The sense of courage, loss and arrival at better things; the themes that populate the full length record, are heightened by the repositioning of these tracks on a sampler. It's as if the condensed effort of the album is crystallized by extraction — and when Israel Nebeker sings, "Are you quiet as your name / On the day before it came? Are you in the meaning / That it sang in me with its sound? Oh oh what name are you saying now?" there's a precision to things as if open heart surgery is about to happen.
There's a fresh simplicity to Blind Pilot's delivery of craft, and that's exemplified by the two tracks from Bear Creek Studio. "Packed Powder" speaks to the readiness of things, to be met with (again) an open heart and sense of optimism. It comes with a sweet video, which can be seen here. Perceptions of the world, self-perceptions, and opinions of process are captured well — and handled with a lightness of touch that's where Blind Pilot have earned their reputation for a mature handling of pop-tunes.
However, it's sampler opener "Umpqua Rushing" that pushes in with a sense of the potential energy that will be experienced on stages that the band inhabit on tour. This is a delicate song, with harmonic vocals and a pulsing bass measure that lifts from the very moment 'play' is pressed. It's these flashes of light and wonder where the band create a magic that distinguishes them. It's good stuff.
With dates in Colorado and Montana coming up for the band, it's clear that they're not afraid of the snow, or the high passes, and that the beauty of these songs will be given space to breathe. So, why not head over to NoiseTrade and grab yourself the free download — it may encourage you to make a show, it may illustrate what you're missing if you can't make it to those snowy states, and it may just make you happy to own the exclusive content. Whatever the reason, it's all good.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff