NW Music Spotlight – Downpilot!

Paul Hiraga of Downpilot, courtesy of Downpilot

“Downpilot’s debut album Leaving Not Arriving may have been praised mainly in americana circles, but Paul Hiraga’s roots actually lie completly elsewhere. A trained pianist and avid Talk Talk fan, you could sense this listening to Downpilot’s ethereal debut album. After some lineup changes Downpilot were down to being Paul Hiraga and Modest Mouse/Laura Veirs producer Tucker Martine’s studio project. “Mars and the Moon, the first track off new album Like You Believe It still harks back to the feel of the hypnotic ambient-americana of the debut album. Then Downpilot veer into a much more direct, but still playful ‘live in the studio’ approach that sometimes sounds like a more thoughtful, brooding Modest Mouse (with bits of Wilco’s Being There thrown in). Piano ballad ‘Tiny California’ could be the soundtrack to Jeff Tweedy and Mark Hollis meeting in a tiny bar in Chicago at 3 a.m to discuss Erik Satie.” – Maik Bruggemeyer, Rolling Stone

Listen to a couple songs from Downpilot

Antwerp from Like You Believe It – (MP3)
True from Leaving Not Arriving – (MP3)

Downpilot is doing a “Candlelight Session” tomorrow night in Portland at Mississippi Studios with Kristin Hersh. Anybody catch the CD release show at the Tractor on Saturday?

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