Thursday, March 06, 2008

Next Big Thing Alert: Fleet Foxes

Another Seattle band poised to take the indie scene by storm is Fleet Foxes, recently signed to Sub Pop Records. The quintet's five-song EP, Sun Giant (available here), is remarkably promising and cohesive in and of itself. Self-described as baroque pop, there are obvious comparisons to My Morning Jacket (in a good way - a very good way), both musically and in Robin Pecknold's vocals that are reminiscent of Jim James, to be sure. But Fleet Foxes are most assuredly their own band with their own sound, despite any inevitable comparisons to MMJ, label-mates Band of Horses, or the tinges of Fleetwood Mac that make themselves more apparent in the harmonizing of "Mykonos".

Still digging for more info about these fellas, but this quote from Pecknold is lovely:

"I don’t really know what I’m trying to say with this. It’s not good to romanticize a time of great hardship, hardship I’ve never known and am not conditioned to understand. I’m also not interested in a ‘back to nature’ thing, as nature as it was is gone for the time being and it would take a very big leap of faith and common sense to ignore that. But, music to me is just as awe-bringing as the world maybe once was, and I just love it a lot.”

Couldn't agree more.

On tour now, they'll make their way through Chicago April 6th at Schubas. A full-length LP is due out on Sub Pop this summer. In the meantime, we'll be listening to the 19 minutes of Sun Giant over and over and over...

Here are a couple tracks to entice:

"Drops in the River"
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"Mykonos"
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Make friends @ http://www.myspace.com/fleetfoxes.

-J2

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