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Emerging Artists Week 3: Fleet Foxes by 20watts
February 26, 2008, 11:41 pm
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With winter in full force this week, the best thing to do is daydream of spring. A perfect compliment to your thoughts of sandals, warmth, and life without winter coats is the chamber pop band Fleet Foxes. The Seattle five-piece creates lush songs that evoke elements of folk, rock, and pop influences.

Lead vocalist Robin Pecknold sings with a maturity beyond his years, sounding both plaintive and upbeat. Instruments like the mandolin, banjo, and tambourine are often incorporated, giving the music a playful quality. The track, “White Winter Hymnal,” seems to be a call for spring rather than a celebration of winter because it evokes a carefree, shimmering quality. The song builds from a quiet echo with a tambourine to a fully realized chorus that’s hard to get out of your head. It will definitely be on my soundtrack for spring.

“Sun it Rises” starts off with a country-tinged chorus, but eventually turns into an airy pop song with a nod to times past. Fleet Foxes seem to be masters of interspersing quiet guitar parts with charged keyboards that keeps you guessing where the song will go next. But their transitions are seamless, making the music memorable and engaging.

Apparently the venerable Seattle-based record label Sub Pop Records thinks so too. Fleet Foxes signed with Sub Pop in January of this year. The band is currently touring throughout the U.S. with a couple of shows in Canada. They will release an EP, “Sun Giant,” available everywhere April 8th. According to their Myspace page, they will also release an LP in June, just in time for summer.

To learn more about Fleet Foxes, check out this Youtube interview from Bumbershoot 2007:

– Christina

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