Blind Pilot’s core members Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski are Oregon natives based in Portland, but they didn’t really connect until they crossed the pond for a study abroad program in the resort town of Newquay, England. There, in a strange land with the barest stipend, they quickly bonded over shared poverty and music via busking. “The first day we went into town we saw people busking, and I thought it was so cool. People were actually stopping and listening, not giving any looks of shame. It was totally respectful,” Nebeker says. “A cop came and I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ He stood there and listened to him for a second, then flipped a pound into the guitar case and walked off. It was like, ‘OK, this is a little different.’” Blind Pilot hails from the Pacific Northwest, so it’s probably not surprising to hear the sextet’s rootsy baroque-pop echoing the work of artists like Elliott Smith and Fleet Foxes. Last year’s second album, We Art the Tide, features dulcimer, trumpet, violin, pump organ, ukulele, piano, vibraphone, and pedal steel, but this isn’t the Decemberists. There’s an unassuming simplicity to their music, and their chamber-pop instrumentation is used sparingly, maintaining a hushed bedroom whisper dynamic when not building to a crescendo, shadowing a melody, or pushing a chorus.