Three Mile Pilot

Songs from an Old Town We Once Knew

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After Pall A. Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel left the dearly departed Three Mile Pilot for the similar dark beauty of Black Heart Procession, the band provided a eulogy called Songs From an Old Town We Once Knew. The double-CD set lovingly anthologizes B-sides, oddities, out of print 7" tracks, and unreleased rarities. It's all down here for posterity and remembrance. The musicians whose names are as weird and mysterious as their music, Armistead Burwell Smith IV, Pall A. Jenkins, Tom C. Zinser, Tobias Nathaniel, and Jim French, provide their characteristic bass-driven piano, organ, and saw sound in all its glory. Listen to the static of the control tower messages on "Nussun," the painful croon on "Sewn to Our Side," the ominous country twang of "In This Town I Awaken," or the screeching over the low organ hum on "Jadulastan Requiem" and ask yourself "Where did this band come from?!" The music is definitely from planet Earth, but the back roads and untraveled paths of the U.S. West, with its coyotes, shamen, and ceremonies. Three Mile Pilot claim San Diego origins, but you wonder if maybe they spent too many nights out in the Anza Borego desert and found the dark side or the lost city. Their songs are left like Anasazi roads -- tributes to times past, indelible marks on our geography.

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