11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Amid the frenetic pace of 21st-century digital living, Fleet Foxes’ debut album serves as a tranquil woodland retreat where time slows to a crawl. But the group trade cabin-in-the-woods solitude for widescreen, canyon-filling grandeur. When they lock into choir-like formation on “White Winter Hymnal” and “He Doesn’t Know Why,” they effectively resemble a landlocked Beach Boys, with the surfboards and soda pops replaced by chopped logs and cans of beans cooked on an open flame.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Amid the frenetic pace of 21st-century digital living, Fleet Foxes’ debut album serves as a tranquil woodland retreat where time slows to a crawl. But the group trade cabin-in-the-woods solitude for widescreen, canyon-filling grandeur. When they lock into choir-like formation on “White Winter Hymnal” and “He Doesn’t Know Why,” they effectively resemble a landlocked Beach Boys, with the surfboards and soda pops replaced by chopped logs and cans of beans cooked on an open flame.

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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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