Friday, 20 June 2008

Fleet Foxes At The Black Cab Sessions

Who Are Fleet Foxes?

I’ll let them give their own introduction:

We're a group of five from Seattle that sing for the fun of it and are into all kinds of music. We'd call this stuff baroque harmonic pop jams. Our names are Skye, Robin, Joshua, Casey, and Christian. We'll make some mistakes along the way but we hope you enjoy our little family business.”

Family business it might be, but small? Not any more. Fleet Foxes are taking the music world by storm and may find themselves in a position to give even Coldplay a run for their money for the top album slot over the coming week with the release of their self titled debut album. It was given 4.5 stars by Rolling Stone, and compared to the likes of the Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. On June 6, 2008, they received 9 out of 10 in a review by Pitchfork.


What Do They Sound Like?


They describe their music as “baroque pop, music from fantasy movies, Motown, block harmonies, hymns, a couple moments approaching shaggy rock stuff, but mostly rather tempered and restrained. Not much of a rock band.”

I had the good fortune to first listen to Fleet Foxes while sitting in the bath by candlelight. If you have heard their album you might understand why I think this was fortunate. Their songs are full of warm harmonies, soothing finger picked melodies and delicate lyrics for example here is White Winter Hymnal:


I was following the pack

all swallowed in their coats

with scarves of red tied ’round their throats

to keep their little heads

from fallin’ in the snow

And I turned ’round and there you go

And, Michael, you would fall

and turn the white snow red as strawberries

in the summertime


I will write a full album review next week.

Black Cab Sessions

Front man Robin Pecknold gives a breathtaking performance of Crayon Angels, (once performed by Judee Sill) while being driven around the back streets of Holborn in London.






White Winter Hymnal (from the new album)




White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes



Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (from the new album)

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song - Fleet Foxes



Where Are They Playing This Summer?

26 Jun 2008 20:00 BOTTOM OF THE HILL *SOLD OUT!** SAN FRAN, CA

27 Jun 2008 20:00 THE CASBAH SAN DIEGO, CA

28 Jun 2008 20:00 THE ECHO LOS ANGELES, CA

29 Jun 2008 20:00 SPACELAND LOS ANGELES, CA

30 Jun 2008 20:00 SOLAR CULTURE TUCSON, AZ

2 Jul 2008 20:00 THE MOHAWK AUSTIN, TEX

3 Jul 2008 20:00 THE LOFT DALLAS, TEX

5 Jul 2008 20:00 DRUNKEN UNICORN HOTLANTA, GA

6 Jul 2008 20:00 LOCAL 506 CHAPEL HILL, NC

7 Jul 2008 20:00 BLACK CAT WASHINGTON DC

8 Jul 2008 20:00 FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH PHILADELPHIA, PA

9 Jul 2008 20:00 BOWERY BALLROOM * SOLD OUT * LIBERTY CITY

10 Jul 2008 20:00 UNION HALL * SOLD OUT * BOHAN, LIBERTY CITY

12 Jul 2008 20:00 PUP SOB 200th Anniversary Marymoor Park, Washington

14 Jul 2008 20:00 MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS BOSTON, MA

15 Jul 2008 20:00 LE DIVAN ORANGE MONTREAL, QC

16 Jul 2008 20:00 THE PHOENIX w/ MALKMUS TORONTO

17 Jul 2008 20:00 CHICAGO THING. CHICAGO, IL

18 Jul 2008 20:00 TERRACE - UNIVERSITY THING. MADISON, WI

19 Jul 2008 20:00 PITCHPORK FUSIC MESTIVAL CHICAGO, IL

20 Jul 2008 20:00 7TH STREET ENTRY *SOLD OUT!* MINNEAPOLIS, MI

22 Jul 2008 20:00 HI DIVE DENVER, COLORADO

23 Jul 2008 20:00 KILBY COURT SLC

25 Jul 2008 20:00 THE DOUGLAS FIR PORTLAND, OREGON

26 Jul 2008 20:00 CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY & HIBERNATION Xachua’bsh, Washington

7 Aug 2008 20:00 HALDERN POP FEST REES-HALDERN, GERMANY

8 Aug 2008 20:00 OYA FESTIVAL - HOMELAND BECKONS OSLO, NORWAY, Oslo

9 Aug 2008 20:00 WAY OUT WEST FEST! CONFIDENTIAL TO DUNGEN - PUT OUT A NEW RECORD ALREADY GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

10 Aug 2008 20:00 BEATDAY OH-EIGHT COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

18 Aug 2008 20:00 RED BUTTE GARDEN W/ WILCO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

20 Aug 2008 20:00 EAGLE KNOLL WINERY w/ WILCO BOISE, ID

21 Aug 2008 20:00 INB ARTS CENTER W/ WILCO !!! SPOKANE, WA

23 Aug 2008 20:00 LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER W / WILCO BEND, OREGON

21 Sep 2008 20:00 TREASURE ISLAND FEST SAN FRAN, CA

Useful Links:

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fleetfoxes

SubPop: http://www.subpop.com/artists/fleet_foxes

LastFM: http://www.last.fm/music/Fleet+Foxes


[Source: Wikipedia, MySpace, Black Cab Sessions]

I have added White Winter Hymnal along with loads of my other favourite tracks to the Imeem player at the bottom of this page.


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