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Editors’ Notes

Raised on some of the best folk-pop of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Robin Pecknold and band mates show not only an understanding but a deep respect for the musical roots that came before them. Borrowing reverb and multi-layering tricks (not to mention the quiet drama of an unexpected melody) from artists like the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and the Zombies, Fleet Foxes feel a bit like a ray of winter sun falling on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon. You want to curl up in it for a while, and shut everything else out. “White Winter Hymnal” is lush and uplifting, with what sounds like a booming typani reverberating in and out of simple acoustic guitars and glistening tambourines, delivering two and a half minutes of sonic salvation. Many Fleet Foxes songs have a rather hymnal air, in fact — a spiritual richness that feels organic and simple, rooted more in the pleasures and mysteries of the natural world than the supernatural one. Poems of love, death, and family unfold in “quivering” forests, frozen rivers, and mountain valleys. Revealing itself slowly like the sky’s colors at dawn, “Sun it Rises” is at first mournful and twangy, but turns majestic and celebratory. Fans of Bon Iver, the Shins or Grizzly Bear will be delighted to find Fleet Foxes.

Customer Reviews

My Morning Foxes

Don't get me wrong. I dig the music on this disc. All the ooh's and aaah's, etc. I'm not sure I totally get everyone's Beach Boys comparisons but I think I know where there are going. This is a solid cd from start to finish but I cannot help but think of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, it's too uncanny. When Band of Horses came out (coincidentally on Sub Pop as well), I had the same feeling, good cd but a complete My Morning Jacket rip off. Unfortunately, I feel the same about this band. The singer's voice is too similar. It even is layered and echoed to mimic Jim James to a tee. The chanting gets to be a bit much and I'm all for chanting and harmony, but it is so repetitive here, I wish they were a bit more instrument driven at points vs harmonies. There are wondrous songs: the obvious White Winter Hymnal and then Quiet Houses but the real gem here is He Doesn't Know Why, something about it just gets to me and then there is this reprise, so pretty. Pick up the disc but if you're familiar with My Morning Jacket, which I am sure you are, there won't be too many surprises here.


Enough with the elementary MMJ comparisons. That's a knee jerk comparison. Sure the vocals approximate JJ, but the music isn't similar, nor is the subject matter, and it's been at least 2 albums since MMJ put out anything this good.... if then. This is gourgeous. Folk indie rock with the best harmonies I've heard in ages. I don't frequently delve into Pitchfork approved indie rock, but this lives up the the hipster hype. Absolutely stunnng. Could end up in my top 5 of the year. For fans of Band of Horses and Sun Kil Moon.

Another great folk album for 2008

So far, this year has produced some of my favorite folk albums, and Fleet Foxes is one of them. From start to finish, this album is fantastic. The band is remarkably talented for being so young; I can only imagine what these guys are capable of going forward. The vocal harmonies and cool organ and guitar arrangements seem to set this music back about thirty or forty years, but at the same time it seems new and fresh. There are a dozen different direct influences at work here. When I first listened, I heard traces of The Byrds, Beach Boys and Jethro Tull, but Fleet Foxes combine them into something remarkable and brilliant. The melodies are complex and catchy at the same time, while the lyrics about nature, life, and death fit perfectly. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes new folk music. Favorite Tracks: White Winter Hymnal, He Doesn't Know Why, Your Protector


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Seattle's Fleet Foxes are led by vocalist/guitarist Robin Pecknold, who fashioned his band's earthy, harmony-rich sound in honor of such perennial '60s artists as 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...
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