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Atari Pilot

Swindon, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Swindon, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Debut Album Review "Brilliant Pop Music""

When putting pen to paper on behalf of Atari Pilots debut album, Navigation of the World by Sound, because it’s a genre I don’t get to explore much, I thought that I should come up with a check list of what makes good pop music. Well any contemporary music really, but this collection of songs is very much heading into those, often too shallow waters. I came up with the three ‘H’s check list – honesty, humanity and hooks. To me that’s what pop music should be about.

Atari Pilot is the alter ego of Andy Onslow, former front man of The Hour and now, after the best part of a year putting this record together, a man armed with an album that should open a few doors for him. It’s an album built largely on songs that lend themselves to images of crowded, effervescent dance floors plus a few more reflective numbers. It is on these slower, often more musically minimal numbers that the honesty of the album is most obvious. When the lyrics take a more dominant role, such as Love Come to Zero and The Way I Let You Fall, there is an innocence and vulnerability laid bare, which itself also becomes it’s strength. You won’t find that anywhere in the back catalogue of the likes of Cheryl Cole or whichever pop car crash is being touted this week. Intelligence and maturity aren’t the obvious factors in modern chart acts but it is an important ingredient in good pop music, and this is nothing if not good pop music.

The humanity is found in the themes of the album. Apparently in Japanese, Atari means an all encompassing fog and in his own words “in my head it made sense that Atari Pilot symbolised how people are trying to find their way in order to reach a destination” Much of the lyrics on the album deal with the confusion and day to day battle with the physical and emotional side of life, the brokenness and triumph of it all. The summation of these first two factors is delivered on Stay Yourself, a gorgeous plea to remember who it is you really are.

But more than anything it’s the hooks that form the immediate bond with the listener and the album is filled with them. Game Change and Street Fighting are both built on infectious grooves and I predict that you won’t hear a better or more energetic dance floor anthem this, or possibly any other, year than Rip The Floor Up. Pilot Every Moment manages to weave it’s way dynamically through all of the things I have listed as being important to pop music and is one of best adverts for the fact that you can write songs that are at once intelligent and immediate.

The combination of great hooks and an over all feel good factor create and album that is amazingly user friendly and wonderfully listenable. Even on the songs which in lesser hands might be relegated to the sorry status of album filler ballads, there is so much more going on that you come to expect from the genre. The Way I Let You Fall is a brilliant example of this. Even when the lyrics hit a more introspective level, the accompanying melody still manages to wrap the sentiment up in a minimally beautiful and wonderfully memorable musical package. And that’s great pop music. No, that’s just great music.

A while ago when Game Change was unleashed on the public as a teaser for the album to come, I said it was “ a wonderfully accessible, commercially relevant, epic blend of synth washes, driving beats and infectious groove. A pop record that thinks it’s a rock anthem.” That pretty much goes for the album as a whole. That’s brilliant pop music. That’s Atari Pilot - Green Man Music


Debut Album - Navigation Of The World By Sound 2011
Game Change - Played on Amazing Radio
Game Change - Number 1 for 9 weeks on
Stay Yourself - Played on BBC Introducing Wiltshire



Change the rules of the game, take the face from the name, trade the soul for the fame...I'm an Atari Pilot.

"One of the most talked about new arrivals on the Swindon music scene, Atari Pilot have created a real stir before they have even played their debut gig... If heavy dance grooves and belting rock anthems being alchemized into brilliant tunes sounds like your sort of thing then check out their music.." Green Man Music

Atari Pilot is an exciting new band from the UK. A singular voice that combined with a cinematic sound sends you on a unique musical journey into the night...

After releasing the acclaimed debut album 'Navigation Of The World By Sound' Atari Pilot have made their long awaited live debut in 2012. It began with a collection of simply great songs and no rules. Themes of taking chances, making choices and paying prices littered the lyrics , whilst musically, genre boundaries were ignored and the songs were given sonic freedom.

'Atari Pilot is the sound of someone searching for something or someone, trying to the put the pieces together in order to escape or overcome whatever they struggle against. The songs are a like series of film scenes , where we're in that particular moment at that particular time. The Narrative and the music combine to give the songs their energy.'

The first song to be released was Game Change. It has already received radio airplay in the UK on Amazing Radio and spent over two months atop the Tunecrank charts.

'Game Change is the introduction, the invitation. Setting out on the Journey - full of energy and attitude , but with no guarantees on how things will play out.'

Sweeping strings and pounding dance floor beats, all swamped with gloriously fuzzy bass and a vocal that you wont be able to shake off for days, this is just the beginning.

Now a fully fledged live act, Atari Pilot are now preaching their gospel, bringing the full scope and excitement of their music to the live stage.

The band have now been booked to perform at The Summer Breeze Festival, Swindon Big Arts Day and The Broad Town Big Gig This Summer.