The Amazing Pilots - Graduate Blood

Tuesday 1st May 2001
The Amazing Pilots - Graduate Blood
The Amazing Pilots - Graduate Blood

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

An EP from this Irish band who have already created a word of mouth buzz about their engaging alt country music. More downbeat than could possibly be imagined, this has a broody, rootsy feel which is evocative and soulful but not immediate. Consequently, it takes a few listens before the EP's charms begin to wash over you! Built around Paul Wilkinson's melodic guitar textures and loose, laid back vocals, this is melancholic music and understated melodies rather than obvious bright pop. Thematically, much of this seems to be about broken relationships so "Graduate Blood" sounds like the soundtrack for a dark night of the soul. And anyway, any CD that opens with the line "She came back into my heart/ Just as if she'd never been out/As if she'd just nipped out" has got to be cool, hasn't it?

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