Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds and a Sound

by oz on July 14, 2008

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If you don’t like Blind Pilot’s 3 Rounds and a Sound, then you don’t have a soul. I first heard “Go On, Say It” on XM Radio on Friday afternoon and completely forgot about the song and the band. Saturday rolled around and, after heading to Trader Joe’s for tamales and two buck chuck, I came home and saw Blind Pilot on iTunes offering up the 11 tracks on 3 Rounds and a Sound for under $5.99. I sampled two tunes and immediately purchased.

If you can find a better album for a Sunday afternoon, please let me know. Portland, Oregon’s Blind Pilot sound like a potpourri of Wilco, Iron and Wine, and The Shins.‚  “Oviedo” starts the record off with gentle guitar strums, a ukulele, horns, and a dash of banjo.‚  At least I think I heard a ukulele. “One Red Thread” and “Go On, Say It” are two standout tracks that pick up the tempo halfway through the album, serving as the peak in a nice little bell curve.‚  “The Bitter End” has a hint of Modest Mouse’s “Blame It On the Tetons” in it’s chorus and then the title track winds things down, taunting you to hit repeat. I’ve been repeating all day today.

3 Rounds and a Sound isn’t one of those albums that you need to concentrate on. Just turn off the TV, sit down on your couch with a magazine and play it in the background.‚  It’ll breeze by before you know it and I promise you’ll keep it playing. If you like “Oviedo” below, then you’ll love what’s in store for your $6.00.

Blind Pilot is available on iTunes as a pre-release, so I’d pick it up now just in case they bump the price later. Click here to buy.

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Blind Pilot – Oviedo

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody July 14, 2008 at 8:36 am

Never heard of these guys before, but that Oviedo track is killer. I would also throw out there, if you dig someone like Ola Podrida, then I would pick this up.

David M July 15, 2008 at 10:18 am

Might appeal to those who like Bright Eyes and Beirut, with more laid back vocals… nice that they are not trying too hard, I think that it actually works better

mo July 23, 2008 at 10:30 pm

they already bumped the price…$7.99

mo July 23, 2008 at 10:31 pm

great album! they already bumped the price, though…$7.99

bill April 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

this album is amazing and gets better every time…all the tracks are well written and purposeful…fantastic band (an even better live i would say – saw them a couple weeks ago at mercury lounge in nyc)…

oh, and for all you talking about price…have you ever considered stealing the music (weren’t you alive during the napster days)?…it’s just as easy as buying it, so just get bittorrent and do your thing…

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