Layering sounds with a variety of instruments, the debut album from Midnight Pilot is full of emotional textures that speak to the heart of Americana.
Having started out as kids making music in Holland, Michigan, Midnight Pilot spread their wings and headed to Nashville where they have put together their self-titled debut. The band is made up of Grant Geertsma (guitar/vocals), Justin DeWaard (Drums), Kyle Schonewill (guitar/keys), and Kris Schonewill (bass).
The album opens up with “Give Me What You Gave To Him,” which was also the first single off this release. The vocals are reminiscent of Damien Rice and David Gray with a touch of Tom Petty. Musically, Midnight Pilot hits home with catchy hooks that retain the art of storytelling through a song. There were hints of The Decemberists in this opening number.
While each cut on this 12-song debut is good, there are some standouts. “Elizabeth” features reverb-soaked guitar and keeps the Tom Petty vibe going. This would be a great cruising tune with the summer sun on your face and the wind in your hair. The smooth Latin groove with horns gives â€œBirds Fly Southâ€ that mariachi feel. The song continues to build up and surround the listener with strings, guitar, and cymbals.
“Let Loose” is a powerful song with a wonderful uplifting theme. It would make a great single. The music is upbeat and the message of being yourself is relevant for any age or musical genre. “Losing the Heart” features a great guitar solo filled with anguish. It captures the theme of loss so well and highlights some very tasteful guitar playing.
The album concludes with “By My Side.” This is a beautifully sad song from the opening string assemble to the bare acoustic guitar strumming. The vocal melody captures your ear with its alluring quality that is hard to describe. It feels like a lullaby, yet lyrics suggest loss. It is funny how the sad songs can sound so good.
Like a warm summer breeze, Midnight Pilotâ€™s debut will mâ€‹ake you feel happy and content. Kick your feet up, feel the warm glow, and enjoy this fine work of art.