Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

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Fleet Foxes is the debut studio album by American indie-folk band Fleet Foxes, released in June 2008 via Sub Pop Records in the US and Bella Union Records in the UK and Europe.

Borrowing from ageless folk and classic rock (and nicking some of the best bits from prog and soft rock along the way), on their self-titled debut album Fleet Foxes don't just master the art of taking familiar influences and making them sound fresh again, they give a striking sense of who they are and what their world is like.

Their song titles reference the Blue Ridge Mountains but it's the ease and skill with which they mix and match British and American folk and rock from the far and not too distant past that makes the band's music so refreshing.

While this mix could be contrived or indulgent, Fleet Foxes use restraint, structuring their flourishes into three- and four-minute pop songs full of chiming melodies and harmonies that sound like they've been summoned from centuries of traditional songs and are full of vivid, universal imagery.

Despite drawing from so many sources, there's a striking purity to Fleet Foxes' sound. Robin Pecknold's voice is warm and sweet, with just enough grit to make phrases like "premonition of my death" sound genuine, and the band's harmonies sound natural, and stunning, whether they're on their own or supported by acoustic guitars or the full, plugged-in band. "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and "Meadowlarks" show just how much the Foxes do with the simplest elements of their music, but their best songs marry that purity with twists that open their sound much wider.

Throughout the album, the band sounds wise beyond its years, so it's not really that surprising that Fleet Foxes is such a satisfying, self-assured debut.

A lot of territory is covered, both musical and geographically, on Sun Giant, their debut EP. The band's close, pristine harmonies and spare arrangements are at once timeless and a breath of fresh air, sharing roots with '60s folk-rock, 2000s indie pop, and ageless traditional songs. Fleet Foxes feel like they're singing to, and for, themselves on the EP, particularly on the title track, which lingers on their harmonies before drifting off on an acoustic guitar melody. Sun Giant plays like it was culled from a backpacker's travel journal. With this intimate, organic, and tantalizing first glimpse at their music, Fleet Foxes sounded like they'd been making music a lot longer than their ages would suggest. Call it old soul music.

This Limited Edition LP with bonus “Sun Giant” EP and a digital download card is housed in a gatefold sleeve with insert, pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(098787077711)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Sun It Rises

3:14

A2

White Winter Hymnal

2:27

A3

Ragged Wood

5:07

A4

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

3:28

A5

Quiet Houses

3:32

A6

He Doesn’t Know Why

3:20

B1

Heard Them Stirring

3:02

B2

Your Protector

4:09

B3

Meadowlarks

3:11

B4

Blue Ridge Mountains

4:25

B5

Oliver James

3:23

 

 

 

 

Sun Giant EP

 

A1

Sun Giant

2:06

A2

Drops In The River

4:11

A3

English House

4:48

B1

Mykonos

3:39

B2

Isles

3:06

SKU 098787077711
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number SP 777
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 03 June 2008
Original Release Date (Year) 03 June 2008
Barcode # 098787077711
Shipping Weight 0.4700kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Bonus "Sun Giant" EP, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Format VINYL LP

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