Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

If the Fleet Foxes were a season, which one would they be? You try going around stopping people in the street in Newcastle and asking those kinds of questions you will undoubtedly get slapped. Such is the Geordie dislike of idiots asking dumb questions about west coast indie-baroque-folk hybrid quintets. But it is a serious question, as I think it is a very wintery album (and I was only slapped once).
This album sounds like music from a different age, yet also contemporary and relevant. And they look great, like a bunch of Vietnam vets. stepping off a Saigon Airways plane circa 1973. It was sweet re-visiting this album today as I haven’t played it all for a good year or so. And what a sleeve, nice to see bands who care about album artwork, as many don’t now.
Blue Ridge Mountains is my stand out track, but White Winter Hymnal and Tiger Mountain Peasant Song run a very close second. Heard Them Stirring is the hidden gem though, talk about harmonies, they even make the Beach Boys sound bland and one dimensional.
Here is my three word review; beards, guitars, harmonies.

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2 thoughts on “Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

  1. You’ve inspired me to play this again after a few months. Sounds as wonderful as ever. You’re so right about it sounding from another age. This album gives me feelings, too abstract to convey in words.

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