Dubliners Pilotlight were conceived with the premise of creating an escapism through music that the listener could soundtrack their daily lives to. Pilotlight’s use of perspective, tonality, and dynamic have allowed them to pioneer their own style of despondent alternative rock. Their music deals with love, loss and the beauty & frailty that is human existence.
Sharing in enjoyment of the cathartic process of listening to a sad song (“Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy Division, “Switching Off” – Elbow, “Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Radiohead, “Last Goodbye” – Jeff Buckley) and influenced by aspects of George Orwell’s observations of society, Francis Bacon’s use of colour & violent resolve, and, Michel Gondry’s use of neosurrealism to explore the nature of relationships; when four friends found a creative refuge in each other's company, Pilotlight was born.
The Post War Musical, a project introduced by the British government after the Second World War in order to boost morale, brought hope to a landscape devastated by loss.
The Post War Musical was recorded with David Odlum in Black Box Studios, a converted stables in the quiet secluded surrounds of Noyant La Gravoyere, France over a 2 week period.
This is the result.
Pilotlight – The Post War Musical
HOT PRESS **** IRISH DAILY STAR ****
“Pilotlight have crafted a debut that is positively breathtaking" HOT PRESS
“The Post War Musical is fragile yet fierce, epic, dark and… pretty damn beautiful.” THE IRISH WORLD
“If, as Keats would have us believe, "beauty is truth, truth beauty"; The Post War Musical is, indeed, "all ye need to know." CLUAS.COM (8/10)
“A mature debut that oozes the confidence and assuredness of an outfit three or four albums into their career. Big guitars and even bigger drums are the order of a very satisfying day.” IRISH DAILY STAR (4 STARS)
“Pilotlight are a cerebral outift with contemplations driven by mood inducing melodic shifts borne from an unmistakably thorough knowledge of their craft.” THE BIG LIST
“The album features a truly euphoric collection of post-rock tinged indie rock sounds. Its full of slow building guitar led sounds, some finally building up into thunderous explosions of pure fuzzed up guitar action.” ROAD RECORDS
“The quartet’s sound is like a mix of ‘The Bends’-era Radiohead, Elbow and Sigur Rós. This sounds very good on paper, but rather excellent on the record itself.” MUSIC FANS MIC BLOG (8.2/10)
“This album is a rarity, it’s incredibly polished and beautifully constructed. The Post War Musical is a really fantastic album” DROP-D.IE
"Best band to come out of Ireland in years, like a secret: Pilotlight" COOL FM
“Unassuming, brooding songs that tease their way into magnificent compositions – IRISH DAILY STAR