After a slight 6 year delay, My Pilot release their second album Team Dangerous
Team Dangerous was originally planned for a 2016 release but life, uh, finds a way.
“Essentially, real life intervened in a number of dramatic ways, some of which were good and some less so. Some of these I can talk about – band members having kids and moving on, that kind of thing – and some I’m not sure how much I can really mention. Nothing really out of the ordinary, just the same troubles that people the world over go through every day, but significant enough to put a big dent in my original idea, which was to get this album out in about 2016. In hindsight that was a fairly laughable ambition, given the circumstances, but I was working on music any time I could and just kept plugging away. Covid then intervened and, like everyone else, that set us back a bit too. Coming out the other side of that, I had a lot of songs in various states of completion and it was just a matter of finishing them off and getting the bloody thing done”.
The “bloody thing” is now here in the shape of ‘Team Dangerous’, My Pilot’s second full length album. Running the gamut from lovelorn, twisted pop to weird folk and noisy instrumentals, the album takes its cue from luminaries of the world of dark alt-folk-pop (Sparklehorse, The Microphones, Will Oldham), with a touch of the melodic psychedelia of Super Furry Animals and the noisy chaos of MBV and Mogwai thrown in for good measure. The album features vocals recorded through a baby monitor, a song recorded in one take on an old iphone, a spontaneous instrumental tribute to late Fall frontman Mark E Smith (recorded on the night news of his death broke) and – yes – a stylophone solo.
A double A-side single was released last week ahead of the album release this Friday,. Team Dangerous can be ordered now on limited edition vinyl and/or cassette, or not at all limited digitally, from https://mypilot.bandcamp.com