June 15, 2008


Thrill of the chased - Fleet Foxes (AIDAN SMITH, 6/15/08, Scotland on Sunday)

THE debut album by Fleet Foxes is so good that I've stopped listening to it. I love this record but the hype surrounding it threatens to overwhelm the band. Maybe a speed metal group, because of the robustness of their music, would be better equipped to deal with the instant acclaim and the five-star reviews. But Fleet Foxes seem, due to the sounds they make, like the most delicate of flowers.
The hoop-la wouldn't so much go to their heads as blow them right off, like dandelions beside a country lane as a nasty modern sports car roars past. So this sacrifice is a far, far better thing I do now than I have ever done.

One day into it and I'm speaking to the nominal leader of these five hairy men, Robin Pecknold, as the band bump through Belgium on a tour bus. They're a long way from home – Seattle is their base – and a long way from a British newsstand where they could read all the nice things being said about them. There's the internet, of course, but Fleet Foxes give the impression that for them technology peaked with the invention of the handloom.

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-Fleet Foxes Are Not Hippies: Don't Let the Floppy Hats, Jesus Beards, and Five-Part Vocal Harmonies About Rivers,Trees, and Sunshine Throw You (Megan Seling, 1/30/08, The Stranger)

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2008 11:35 AM

Well, they use a Pieter Bruegel painting on their album cover. Not bad.

Posted by: pchuck at June 15, 2008 12:58 PM

Again, must be a generational thing, nothing to dislike there, but not much to like for $10 ++.
Speaking of foxes, time to re-hype the superb "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" by Neko Case!

Posted by: Mike at June 15, 2008 5:56 PM

Time to re-hype Gogol Bordello's live show. Saw them a couple of nights ago at an outdoor venue. If they come to your town, get a ticket--they do not disappoint.

Posted by: tedwelter at June 15, 2008 6:52 PM