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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Six years after Helplessness Blues, the Fleet Foxes have emerged from their burrow. These past six years don't seem to have deeply changed the DNA of this group of brilliant folk musicians from Seattle, or their obsession with vocal harmonies. With Crack-Up, Robin Pecknold (who voluntarily retired from the music world to return to university) seems to have no metaphysical problems in locating a point perfectly equidistant between Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Beach Boys. Wreathed its habitual and almost-mystical halo of reverb, the Fleet Foxes' third album brings together the ample blessings of a Brian Wilson production job with a subtle use of harmonics that hasn't been heard since David Crosby recorded the wild If I Could Only Remember My Name sometime last century. Part way between bucolic ballad and semi-baroque flight of fancy, this luxuriantly-arranged folk music makes Crack-Up an inspired and impressive record. © MD/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 3, 2008 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 29, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 3, 2011 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

When Seattle's Fleet Foxes entered the musical conversation in 2008, their eponymous Sub Pop debut suddenly became a ubiquitous feature of the indie landscape. Its freshness and beauty were clearly something special and introduced the vision of talented frontman Robin Pecknold. Arriving at the vanguard of indie folk's big boom, the band's exultant harmonies, elegant arrangements, and winsome '60s-indebted aesthetic set them apart from their whistling, banjo-wielding contemporaries. They promptly established, then spent the next five years rutting out, the genre's tired template. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first Sub Pop release, this excellent four-disc collection compiles the sum of Fleet Foxes' early output from their 2006 formation to the smattering of B-sides and rarities that followed their debut. Appearing just one year after 2017's excellent but exceedingly complex Crack-Up LP, revisiting this material reveals the rare joy of those first recordings and what made songs like "Ragged Wood," "Quiet Houses," and "Sun Giant" so appealing. Pecknold's thematic mix of glowing optimism, empathetic love, and earthy enchantment felt genuine and his devotion to the autumnal tones of late-'60s classics like the Zombies' Odessey & Oracle and Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief simply drew more attention to the high quality of his own work. Bookending their two Sub Pop releases -- the Sun Giant EP and the Fleet Foxes LP, both released in 2008 -- are a very rare self-released 2006 EP and a collection of demos and other oddments. The former is notable for its more conventional indie rock tone and sounds very much like Pecknold finding his creative footing, which he seems to have done by its deeply harmonic final track, "Icicle Tusk." This EP also introduces Fleet Foxes' first pairing with influential Seattle producer Phil Ek (the Shins, Built to Spill) who would go on to helm their first two LPs and mix their third. The latter disc offers a unique look at Pecknold's folk influences from both sides of the Atlantic with the British traditional classic "False Knight on the Road" and the American murder ballad, "Silver Dagger." While both of those tracks saw limited release as B-sides, the fascinating basement demos for "Ragged Wood," "He Doesn't Know Why," and "English House" offer previously unheard sketches of those songs and are some of the highlights of this set. Fleet Foxes' longtime fans will likely have heard the bulk of this excellent set, but the rare cuts, early EP, and lovingly designed packaging with its unique photos and liner notes make it essential. ~ Timothy Monger

Alternative & Indie - Released March 10, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 8, 2008 | Sub Pop Records

Fleet Foxes cover a lot of territory -- both musical and geographical -- on Sun Giant, their debut EP for Sub Pop. 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. Even on "Drops in the River," which builds from similarly simple beginnings to big drums and plugged-in guitars, the gentle beauty of the Foxes' melodies remains the same. From "English House"'s sparkling autoharps to the dreamy, soft rock-tinged "Mykonos," 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 sound like they've been making music a lot longer than their ages would suggest. Call it old soul music. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 3, 2011 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2009 | Sub Pop Records

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Rock - Released June 3, 2008 | Sub Pop Records