May 07, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes, led by guitarist/singer Robin Pecknold, are a Galley favorite. So needless to say we were quite excited about their new album, Helplessness Blues. We had heard that the album was difficult for the group to create, taking almost two years to record. The process was especially taxing on Pecknold, who reportedly was close to scrapping the entire thing and starting again from scratch. God we're glad he didn't.

Helplessness Blues is an instant classic. It's full of some of the most rich, full, absolutely beautiful folk music we've had the privilege to experience. The sound is timeless while maintaining its relevance. Pecknold takes leaps and bounds forward in his songwriting with these 12 perfectly crafted, pastoral beauties. The melodies soar, backed by strings, the group's trademark harmonies, and an odd saxophone every now and again. This is one of the most gorgeous albums we at the Galley have heard in a long time, and an absolute must listen for music fans. Period.

Buy it: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes-"Battery Kinzie"

Fleet Foxes-"Someone You'd Admire"


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