Six months after the release of 3 Rounds and a Sound, Blind Pilot teamed up with producer Tucker Martine (Death Cab, R.E.M.) to record their iTunes Session EP. The five-song EP—available only on iTunes—features an acoustic cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look At Miss Ohio,” three new recordings of 3 Rounds tracks and original song “Get It Out.”
Originally formed as the duo of Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums) the band now includes six touring members, all of whom are featured on the iTunes EP. Kati Claborn, Dave Jorgenson, Ian Krist and Luke Ydstie guide Blind Pilot through the acoustic doldrums to a fuller sound with banjo, keys, trumpet, vibraphone and upright bass.
Shortly following the release of their full-length debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, Blind Pilot’s mix of pop melodies, folk instrumentation and mellow vocals got the band dubbed one of Paste’s Best of What’s Next in 2009. Not bad for two guys who used to ride their bikes in lieu of a tour bus.