We Are the Tide blooms agreeably from start to finish. Though Blind Pilot locates extra energy on the live stage — the band’s sound has tightened over time, as it’s expanded from the duo of Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski to a large and fleshed-out sextet — the new record focuses more on lush, pretty concoctions like the album-opening “Half Moon.” We Are the Tide benefits enormously once Blind Pilot introduces a bit of thumping propulsion in the record’s title track, but the softer material radiates warmth, too.
It’s all about Kati Claborn. Seriously. Blind Pilot‘s new album, We Are the Tide, comes out Sept. 13.