Blind Pilot: iTunes Session EP

Band remakes of three album tunes, a cover and a new title

Portland’s Blind Pilot returns with a 5-song EP to complement their debut album, 3 Rounds and a Sound. The group has been touring as a sextet and with this EP take the opportunity to revisit three tracks (“The Story I Heard,” “One Red Thread” and “3 Rounds and a Sound”) from the album that were originally recorded as  a duo in the process of taking on additional musicians. The airy genteelness that underlined Israel Nebeker’s album vocals is replaced here by fuller, more aggressive playing and rougher productions, altering the songs’ moods. This is the sound of a band taking their songs from studio to stage, adding new dimension to the originals. The group’s cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio” (which was also covered recently by the Band of Heathens) opens with a terrific a cappella harmony, and the guitar-bass-drums is given additional lift by Ian Krist’s vibraphone. The lone new title, “Get it Out,” closes the EP with a contemplative shuffle. Those who haven’t heard Blind Pilot should start with the debut LP. Fans will enjoy this EP as a way to wait out their next tour and album release. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]

MP3 | The Story I Heard (original album version)
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