As much as I enjoy jamming out, it is nice to listen to the occasional piece of music that I can just kick back and relax with. That being said, it was nice to sit down in my room, dim the lights, and listen to Glider Pilots’ newest release, Some Where Out There. This brother/sister duo comprised of Benjamin and Samantha Hope is located in Australia and creates delicate, peaceful indie folk music that proves to be an easy listen.
Before speaking about the music, I would like to note that Benjamin and Samantha Hope have complete control over their creative process. By this I mean that the two personally create every aspect of the band, ranging from the recording process to the artwork. I found that this intimacy allows for a more personal experience with the music.
The best analogy I can draw pertaining to Glider Pilots’ latest release is a stream flowing through your backyard that allows you to sit on your back porch with a cup of tea and listen all the way through. Much like a stream, the music is steady, and along with this, never really changes. I found most of the tracks, as enjoyable as they may be, to sound very similar to each other. Now, is this a bad thing? Not necessarily, as it all depends on hat you are looking for in an artist. In the case of Glider Pilots, the band have a very specific sound that they do very well, but they do not often branch away from that sound.
The first notable aspect of the duo is Samantha Hope’s soothing voice. It is nice, airy and delicate, reflecting the melodic guitar tones accompanying her. Some Where Out There proved to be very strong in terms of melody, and I think that the duo does a really good job as far as their balance between the vocals and the instrumentation.
In terms of the most notable track, I would have to say it is “Brand New Day,” as it contains all of the elements you would come to expect from the album after hearing its preceding songs, however it also introduces a bass-y synth line that I thought was a nice touch. This song seems to build really well, and the tremolo on the guitars are a nice touch.
As much as I enjoyed Some Where Out There, I think that in order for Glider Pilots to gain the recognition that I’m sure they desire, they need to work on variation within their song structure. I feel that once the duo established their melody, they would ride it until the end as opposed to occasionally branching out and switching things up a bit. However, as a whole, I found Some Where Out There to be a solid album worthy of a listen.
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