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Best Of ’11: Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

This year, Helplessness Blues grabbed hold of me and never really let go. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an album quite so many times without growing tired of it. These songs are filled with moments that make my heart swell, give me goosebumps, and take my breath away. There’s only one other album I’ve heard this year that comes close to the beauty of this one…I’ve yet to decide which will be my top choice…

 
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Lyric Of The Week

Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”

There’s nothing more I can really say to express my love for this band and their latest album. I can’t stop listening, and the more I do, the more amazing words I hear. I’ve been having some vivid dreams lately, and that makes me think about these words…

“In that dream I’m as old as the mountains
Still is starlight reflected in fountains
Children grown on the edge of the ocean
Kept like jewelry kept with devotion

In that dream moving slow through the morning

You would come to me then without answers
Lick my wounds and remove my demands for now
Eucalyptus and orange trees are blooming
In that dream there’s no darkness alluded

In that dream moving slow through the morning time

In that dream I could hardly contain it
All my life I will wait to attain it
There, there, there

I know someday the smoke will all burn off
All these voices I’ll someday have turned off
I will see you someday when I’ve woken
I’ll be so happy just to have spoken
I’ll have so much to tell you about it…”

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LIVE: Fleet Foxes

Tuesday night, I found myself at the Orpheum in Boston with my father by my side. The two of us were shaking our heads and staring at the stage in disbelief…not of what we were seeing, but of what we were hearing. I’ve been listening to Helplessness Blues, the new album from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, nonstop these days. I’ve talked to many who find it to contain some of the most beautiful music they’ve heard in years, but also to others who feel that the recording’s vocal effects leave them unimpressed. For those who aren’t quite sold on the sound of this band’s recorded material, I think seeing them perform live just once would make them a believer.

The vocal harmonies and lush instrumentation coming from the stage that night were mind-blowing. And I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. The crowd went CRAZY between each and every song. Lead singer Robin Pecknold would humbly mumble, “Wow you guys, thank you…thank you so much” to quiet us down.

It was really a miracle I made it to the show, after my flight into Boston was delayed for three hours! Despite arriving late, I got the chance to hear some of my favorite tracks off the new record – “Lorelai”, “Montezuma”, “The Shrine/An Argument” and of course, title track “Helplessness Blues”. One of the highlights of the show for me was Pecknold’s soaring vocals on “Oliver James”. Sadly I’ve gathered that I missed “White Winter Hymnal”, “Mykonos”, “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and my favorite tune from Helplessness Blues – “Bedouin Dress”. But I was just thrilled to have experienced the beauty of this music at such a small venue…I have a sneaking suspicion that Fleet Foxes will be playing much bigger rooms very soon…

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Lyric Of The Week

Fleet Foxes – “Bedouin Dress”

This is my favorite song at the moment. The Fleet Foxes album has pulled me in and there’s no going back. And there’s just something about the way this song moves and feels… and the words!

My family is gathered this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day and I find myself sharing the old brass bed with my sister like we used to, TWENTY years ago. I think feeling and experiencing this ‘growing up’ thing causes me to really connect with lyrics that lean towards those ideas of looking back. These are my favorite two verses from “Bedouin Dress”:

“If to borrow is to take and not return
I have borrowed all my lonesome life
And I can’t no I can’t get through
The borrower’s debt is the only regret of my youth
No I can’t, no I can’t get through
The borrower’s debt is the only regret of my youth…

In the street one day I saw you among the crowd
In the geometric patterned dress
Gleaming white just as I recall
Old as I get I would never forget it at all
Gleaming white just as I recall
Old as I get I could never forget it all”

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NEW Music: Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

This album contains some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard in years. For the past few weeks I’ve been taking each and every track in, digesting the almost spiritual nature of the music.¬† The songs are epic, they feel BIG. The layering of sounds and the soaring vocal harmonies are what grab you first and foremost…then as you begin to really hear the words, it’s clear that you’re being exposed to songwriting of the highest quality.

I feel like I can’t even begin to describe these songs individually. The album is officially out today and I URGE you to take a listen yourself. My favorite tracks right now are “Montezuma”, “Bedouin Dress”, “Helplessness Blues”, “Lorelai” and “The Shrine/An Argument”.

I know that some people are immediately turned off by a massive amount of buzz surrounding a band or an album, but this is the real deal. If you decide to take that stance, you’re missing out. SPIN magazine calls Helplessness Blues “the year’s most beautiful album”, and I sincerely doubt they’ll be wrong.

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Song Of The Day

Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”

Maybe you’ve already heard this tune and seen the video… it was released a few days back but I wasn’t sold on it right away. After hearing the GORGEOUS title track of Helplessness Blues, I felt like this song just didn’t live up. It didn’t have as much movement and rise and fall and the lyrics weren’t so obvious so they didn’t seem as meaningful to me… but after a few more listens, I’ve really come around. Of course this album (which comes out on May 3rd) is going to have a variety of tunes, and I’m stoked to listen to the whole thing from start to finish. Here’s “Grown Ocean”:

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Lyric Of The Week

Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”

I. CANNOT. GET. OVER. THIS. SONG. Last night I pretty much cried on-air after playing this tune… I held it together, but listening at full blast with quality headphones in the dimly lit studio by myself at 11pm really intensified the moment. After listening over and over again, I’m still in awe of the beauty of the music, the harmonies, and the LYRICS in this song.

“I was raised up believing
I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake, distinct among snowflakes,
Unique in each way you’d conceive

And now after some thinking
I’d say I’d rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery
Serving something beyond me

But I don’t know I don’t know what that will be
I’ll get back to you someday soon you will see…

…If I know only one thing
It’s that every thing that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable
Often I barely can speak…”

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Song Of The Day

Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”

GREAT sounding title track from the new Fleet Foxes album, coming out on May 3rd. It sounds distinctly like them, but it also has a lightness to it that’s new and uplifting. I’m very excited to hear more…

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