Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Helplessness Blues refutes any suggestions that Fleet Foxes are mere nostalgists. While the past looms large, the Seattle band’s searching frontman Robin Pecknold confronts the future head-on. Made during a break-up, Helplessness Blues dismantles success (“Montezuma”) and purpose (the title track), to a diverse soundtrack of raga (“Sim Sala Bim”), spiny psychedelia (“Bedouin Dress”) and ambitious Astral Weeks-inspired song-suites in “The Plains / Bitter Dancer” and “The Shrine / An Argument”.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Helplessness Blues refutes any suggestions that Fleet Foxes are mere nostalgists. While the past looms large, the Seattle band’s searching frontman Robin Pecknold confronts the future head-on. Made during a break-up, Helplessness Blues dismantles success (“Montezuma”) and purpose (the title track), to a diverse soundtrack of raga (“Sim Sala Bim”), spiny psychedelia (“Bedouin Dress”) and ambitious Astral Weeks-inspired song-suites in “The Plains / Bitter Dancer” and “The Shrine / An Argument”.

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3:36
4:29
3:14
2:49
5:53
5:03
2:07
4:24
2:29
8:07
3:05
4:35

About Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes are led by vocalist/guitarist Robin Pecknold, who fashioned his band's earthy, harmony-rich sound in honor of perennial classic rockers Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Zombies, and the Beach Boys. Mixing baroque pop with elements of classic rock and British folk, the band took shape in 2006, as Pecknold was joined by guitarist Skyler Skjelset, bassist Bryn Lumsden, drummer Nicholas Peterson, and keyboardist Casey Wescott.

After playing only a handful of shows, the band generated a healthy amount of label interest and caught the attention of local producer Phil Ek, who had previously helmed records by Built to Spill and the Shins. Ek worked with the band on its Sun Giant EP, which was issued by Sub Pop Records in spring 2008. Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut full-length followed that summer, earning them critical respect in America as well as healthy sales in the U.K., where the band's debut went platinum. That same year, the group was joined by singer/songwriter J. Tillman (Josh Tillman) on drums, and he appeared on the band's sophomore studio outing, 2011's well-received Helplessness Blues, before leaving the den and reinventing himself as Father John Misty.

In 2014, Pecknold announced that he was pursuing a degree at Columbia University in New York City, and Fleet Foxes effectively went on hiatus. Two years later, they had returned to recording, and by early 2017 announced the June release of their third full-length, Crack-Up, a concept album titled after the F. Scott Fitzgerald collection of essays. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • FORMED
    2006

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