Bay Area bedroom-rockers Sour Widows formed in 2018, but the band has already enjoyed plenty of praise from an EP, several demos and, more recently, two singles. “Pilot Light,” the most recent of those singles, was released Friday, September 13, and features classic indie-rock guitar tones, tingling vocal harmonies and a driving drum beat.
“Pilot Light” begins with a simple drum beat (from drummer Max Edelman) and low guitar strumming as strong vocals are peppered with the occasional vocal harmony (from guitarists and vocalists Maia Sinaiko and Susanna Thomson). The chorus is where the music truly shines, however; Sinaiko and Thomson’s vocals soar as they seem to plead, “Wonder how the light gets, wonder how the light gets/All its color from you/All its color from you.”
Lyrically, the track strikes a balance between despair and a love letter; though the chorus is simply a repetition of one agonizingly heartbroken lyric, the verses are where this quartet’s songwriting truly shine:
I try to go out nights
Drive around and look for other pilot lights, but I
End up looking for you
Oh I end up looking for you, I
Wonder how the light gets through
The music quiets again by the end of the track, closing out the song with barely-there guitar strumming and vocals. The occasional burst of volume adds a dynamic effect, but the comparatively quiet section leaves listeners feeling the same level of despair as Sinaiko and Thomson croon, “We’re halfway between ending and being free.”
“Pilot Light” is a strong single both lyrically and musically, featuring classic indie rock tones and marking promising things to come from the band’s self-titled EP later this fall. Keep an eye on Sour Widows’ social media (Facebook, Twitter) for more information about the EP release, but in the meantime, check out and purchase “Pilot Light” via Sour Widows’ Bandcamp page below.