Release Date: Aug 12, 2016
Record label: ATO
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Their debut with the ATO label, And Then Like Lions is the long-awaited third LP from indie folk-pop stylists Blind Pilot. Despite the description, they're not to be mistaken for part of the post-Mumford crowd of jamboree makers. Rather, Israel Nebeker and group have stayed anchored to a more reflective, singer/songwriter aesthetic during the five years since 2011's We Are the Tide.
Blind Pilot are a Portland, Oregon indie-folk-pop band specializing in sweet melancholy and wistful introspection. They take their time making their music, on both macro and micro scales: they've released three albums in eight years, but even track-by-track, their compositions tend to unfurl slowly, delicately. They hail from the United States' Pacific Northwest, which gave us Death Cab for Cutie, Band of Horses, Horse Feathers, Pedro the Lion, Fleet Foxes, Damien Jurado and more.
Folk-rock sextet Blind Pilot broach dark times on their third long player. The group's primary songwriter Israel Nebeker wrote And Then Like Lions over three years following the death of his father and the break down of a 13-year-relationship. In most hands that would spell a record of maudlin introspection, but Nebeker has a canny knack of turning darkness into bright vignettes that uplift.
Good things come to those who wait, apparently. That’s doubtless how Blind Pilot will have comforted themselves, and sated their fledgling fanbase, during the tortured gestation of their third record, And Then Like Lions - it’s been a full five years since we last heard from them. The thing about this album is that it really feels like it took that long to put together; it is a genuinely glacial piece of work.