5 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seattle’s Fleet Foxes bridge two genres: the baroque, organic pop of artists like Grizzly Bear and Beirut, and the gentle, ethereal folk of artists like the Cave Singers and Castanets. Their atmospheric, delicate music evokes rays of sun pouring into an empty church window, vaulted ceilings giving space to tightly focused, reverb-cloaked harmonies, and sky bound notes of cellos, pianos, dulcimers, and guitars. Long time friends Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset grew up listening to The Zombies, Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and Fairport Convention, and the best influences of those artists come through. The title track, a lilting, mostly a cappella ode to the pleasures of nature, sets the tone perfectly, and throughout the gorgeous, hymn-like “Drop in the River,” the neo-rock “Mykonos” and the shimmering “English House,” we’re treated to slow-building guitar swells, a deeply bowed cello, gently rolling tom drums and a variety of sparkling, plucked strings. Throughout, thoughtful, evocative lyrics, unusual and unexpected arrangements, and deliberate instrumentation that allows each musician to perform a distinct task results in music that is bewitchingly beautiful.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seattle’s Fleet Foxes bridge two genres: the baroque, organic pop of artists like Grizzly Bear and Beirut, and the gentle, ethereal folk of artists like the Cave Singers and Castanets. Their atmospheric, delicate music evokes rays of sun pouring into an empty church window, vaulted ceilings giving space to tightly focused, reverb-cloaked harmonies, and sky bound notes of cellos, pianos, dulcimers, and guitars. Long time friends Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset grew up listening to The Zombies, Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and Fairport Convention, and the best influences of those artists come through. The title track, a lilting, mostly a cappella ode to the pleasures of nature, sets the tone perfectly, and throughout the gorgeous, hymn-like “Drop in the River,” the neo-rock “Mykonos” and the shimmering “English House,” we’re treated to slow-building guitar swells, a deeply bowed cello, gently rolling tom drums and a variety of sparkling, plucked strings. Throughout, thoughtful, evocative lyrics, unusual and unexpected arrangements, and deliberate instrumentation that allows each musician to perform a distinct task results in music that is bewitchingly beautiful.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
377 Ratings

377 Ratings

amelio ,

so beautiful...buy this NOW

these guys have true, raw talent. every time I listen to this I am pleased to find myself in a state of pure bliss. i won't try and describe their influences or compare them to other indie rock groups of today, because they really have something unique going on. just one listen and I promise you will LOVE this album. I can't wait for their full album release in June,...I need more Fleet Foxes!!

lgrst4 ,

Refreshing, stirring, beautiful

I grew up on my dad's music - The Hollies, Beach Boys (Pet Sounds), CSN&Y, The Byrds, etc. and the Fleet Foxes are an updated continuation of those styles of music. The harmonies are fabulous and the orchestration is stunning. It's simply beautiful music, well balanced and unique.

Lylat Foxes ,

Giants Torn From the Clouds

Their debut EP is compared to their album, windly and spritely. This is like a quaint valley with a stream flowing and flowers blooming everywhere while the album is like walking into a majestic village. "Mykonos" and "English House" are the obvious favorites with "SUn GIant" next, followed by "Innocent SOn" and "Drops In the River". I think the whole EP is worth buying for sure, espicially if you're a fan of Iron and WIne, Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, Ruby Suns, Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire or even Caribou fans (only if you really liked their second album "Andorra").

Sun Giant 10/10: Lovely swimming vocals that don't even need music as it echoes. But the last 27 seconds on the lute ruins it a little.
Drops in the RIver 6/10: Like "Sun Giant" it flows softly with strong vocals. lacks though instrumentals in this.
English House 10/10: Here the EP picks up and still keeps the flowing of the EP together.
Mykonos 10/10: A beautifuly composed song that has a wonderous drum beat, definetly worthy of their LP.
Innocent Son 9/10: Though they should've had something liek their last two tracks, this is actually better, it makes it seem like how the album started: coming from thin air. The song seems to suddenly vanish perfectly.

45/50: 90% = A -. This may be one of the best EPs you'll ever buy.

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