It was more than twenty years ago that I tried recording myself. Back then digital recording didn’t really exist. Neither did virtual instruments, plugins or many of the tools bedroom musicians now use to make music. It’s easier these days but there is still a steep learning curve. 1.O.M. by Pilot is the first collection of songs the artist wrote, recorded and mixed.
He sounds like a full band. The drums are in the virtual domain but the rest of the instrumentation seems to be recorded with a microphone or DI. Suffice it to say these sounds were nearly impossible to create within the confines of a bedroom but I one for am all for progress and possibility.
1.O.M. is an instrumental album and by all accounts the guitar is the focal point of these songs. There is a mix of indie rock and progressive rock to my ears. You can hear the nod to progressive rock on the first song “On The Run.” The band Van Halen came to mind at some points but some of the riffs feel more grunge inspired. At any rate I was impressed by the guitar work, especially the lead.
There is a surplus of energy on “Breakthrough” which reinforces the exceptional guitar skills. He not only has technical talent but I thought a lot of the guitar work was creative and I enjoyed how versatile his playing was on this track.
“End Of The Line” has a slightly different feel. The vibe here felt aligned with contemporary garage rock not unlike The Strokes. There are some songs however which really embrace different tones and textures. Take for instance the lush song “Bus” which features sample and reverb laced guitars and electronic sounding percussion. After “Bus” the song reverts to the distorted guitar work and progressive rock feel. There are also some notable bass lines as the album progresses.
This is an impressive first album. It’s cohesive and displays solid songwriting and playing ability. Take a listen.
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