2016 saw so many great releases that it some, for me, some regrettably fell through the cracks. Albums like Julia Jacklin’s Don’t Let The Kid’s Win, Camp Cope’s Self Titled release, and Pinegrove’s Cardinal absolutely blew me away in 2017, despite being released one year prior. I’m starting to think that it’s time to add Blind Pilot’s album, And Then We Are Like Lions, to this list. The record contains some of the most underrated songs of 2016. “Umpqua Rushing” aims to come to terms with the end of a romantic relationship while the album’s closer, “Like Lions”, is a song so beautiful that my description will not come close to doing it justice. In a truly enlightening conversation, I spoke to Israel Nebeker, Blind Pilot’s frontman, about these two songs and how we process grief and loss of all kinds.