Billy Pilgrim, the ’90s folk rock duo composed of Andrew Hyra and Kristian Bush, will be releasing a new album, In The Time Machine, from some recordings they had originally assumed to be lost. The project is due out Sept. 4, and today (Aug. 14) they are sharing their latest single, “Tumblelane,” complete with a special lyric video.
The duo thought their final recordings had been lost in a studio fire two decades ago, but Bush found a remaining copy at his home during quarantine. After years of embarking on separate dreams, the two friends reunited to finish what they started, and over the next few months they have a few more tricks up their sleeves to be revealed. Following the album release, they plan to release a special edition vinyl via Bandcamp, on pre-sale today.
“When you get caught up in the wave you didn’t see coming and it spins you in the heat of fear, the loss of control shakes you awake,” said Bush about the new single. “From that place you have a choice, stand up and breathe or hide in fear of the next invisible wind. In the standing up, as the muscles give and take to hold you steady you can ask in the humblest and mightiest of voices, as you see the horizon, ‘where have I been.’ This song is that to me, I can see Andrew lift off the ground as he sings, and it pulls me up with it. I never question pure emotion when I hear it. It is always true, and it is ringing clear as a bell in this recording. Somehow he uses words as colors and his voice paints with them. This is Billy Pilgrim when we turn on the jet engines and open up the throttle.”
Billy Pilgrim’s first major-label self-titled album arrived in 1994 and spawned the college and Triple-A radio hits, “Get Me Out Of Here” and “Insomniac.” The follow-up, 1995’s Bloom, hit No. 37 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and offered fans the melodic-yet-muscular “Sweet Louisiana Sound.” Billy Pilgrim’s videos regularly rotated on VH1 and the band was tapped for numerous high-profile opening slots, including Melissa Etheridge, the Cowboy Junkies, Matthew Sweet and Hootie & The Blowfish. Billy Pilgrim’s music has been featured as the soundtrack to some of the 90’s most iconic television scenes, on dramas like Melrose Place, My So-Called Life, and many more.
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