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BLIND PI­LOT And Then Like Li­ons

ATO Records One­minute you’re a young thing with the world at your feet, cy­cling from Wash­ing­ton state to San Diego in Cal­i­for­nia, play­ing in­die-folk-rock gigs along the way. The next your fa­ther lies dy­ing of can­cer and your re­la­tion­ship of 13 years has gone pear-shaped. That is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the bright-eyed3 Rounds

and A Sound( 2008)a nd We Are the Tide( 2011)com­pared with the an­guished in­tense in­te­rior it yo ft his al­bum. Life gets messy and we strug­gle to make sense of it all. Is­rael Ne­beker, singer/song­writer of this Port­land-based-six-piece, works his way through the tears to find are so­lu­tion of sorts with the con­clud­ing ti­tle track, in­spired by some­thing his fa­ther said. But the pre­vi­ous nine tracks, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent U mp qua Rush­ing, Don’t Doubt and See­ing Is Be­liev­ing, are more ques­tion­ing though Ne­beker’s warm in­die folk-pop­sheen makes light of the anx­i­eties. blind­pi­

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