Fleet Foxes’ timeless “Helplessness Blues”

25 04 2011

Indie-Folk fans, rejoice! Fleet Foxes have returned, and Robin Pecknold & co. bring a timelessly beautiful sound to their second album, “Helplessness Blues.” (Sub Pop) The long-awaited follow up to their breakthrough eponymous debut, “Helplessness Blues” builds on their hallowed harmonies and nature-influenced lyricism with ambitious, unexpected arrangements and  a heavy dose of existential ponderings.

“After some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery, serving something beyond me,” sings Pecknold on the title track, with a similar philosophical, questioning tone permeating the whole of the album.

Check out the delightfully-vintage video for their single, “Grown Ocean.” (Ah, makes me miss the Northwest!)

Other album highlights include The Shrine/ An Argument (10) [great vocals], Montezuma (1),Blue Spotted Tail (11), but really, all are great, PLAY ‘EM ALL!

FCC Clean

RIYL: Okkervil River, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel

Fleet Foxes are playing at the Fox Theater on May 5th… hope you got your tickets, the show is sold out!

– Lauren Duffy

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