Welcome to day thirty-one of the Summer Music Series! Today we have a guest post from my dear friend, Joel Lehman. I adore this man and I adore his tastes in music. I hope you enjoy his post, as to this band is dear to my heart as well.
by: Joel Lehman
As is only fitting for an Indie band from Portland, Blind Pilot‘s first tour in 2008 was on bicycle, towing their instruments in custom trailers. And in striking contrast to their low-tech transportation, they blew up after being featured on iTunes as a single of the week.
Personally, I’m a sucker for soulful melancholy. Think Ben Harper’s sadder songs. Blind Pilot is one of my favorite bands because they just resonate in a similar way for me.
They have this kind of understated acoustic sound. And over the course of a song there is often a gently building crescendo of vocal harmonies and light brass. But more important is just the feeling it inspires, which for me is a mix of sad and beautiful, regret and reflection. Overall it makes me think of quiet smirking acceptance.
Anyways, the two tracks of theirs that I recommend as an introduction are “Three Rounds and a Sound,” and “Oviedo.” I hope they resonate with you like they do for me.
Thanks, Joel, for a wonderful post! I hope you enjoyed today’s Summer Music Series musician. See you tomorrow for day thirty-two!