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After three long, agonizing years of stark Robin Pecknold demos and hit-or-miss J. Tillman solo albums, Fleet Foxes as a whole finally return with their announcement of a new album, Helplessness Blues and stream of the album’s title track, which hints at an album that sticks to the sound that brought Fleet Foxes to their indie stardom in the first place.  Part “Ragged Wood” and part “Mykonos”, the song divides evenly into two sections:  a pastoral acoustic section and a more grandiose rock section.  The song’s weakest point is the transition between these two sections because, frankly, there isn’t one.  The acoustic strumming slows a bit, and the second section enters with the bluntness of a sledgehammer.  The mixing between these two sections is pretty awful, so hopefully, Helplessness Blues won’t have these same issues throughout the album, considering the brilliant production that characterized the group’s self-titled debut.

Helplessness Blues is out May 3rd on Sub Pop.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop





Knott-
01.31.11
Fleet Foxes is a trending topic on twitter lmao

robin
01.31.11
song is great. i don't really mind the transition.

psykonaut
01.31.11
sooooo good, i'm lovin 2011 so far

pneumoniahawk93
01.31.11
Put all of my fears to bed. Great song.

Waior
01.31.11
excited to hear this when i'm out of airport madness

plane
01.31.11
much better, yes

Aids
01.31.11
holy shit they've progressed a lot. this will be better than their s/t. man 2011 is going to rule (it already does with Yuck and Spokes) I agree that the mixing isn't the best but I like the transition/lack of transition.

kanecooper
01.31.11
love fleet foxes

qwe3
01.31.11
purdy

FlawedPerfection
01.31.11
I mean, the sudden transition is a cool compositional idea, and I think they wrote the song extremely well, but the mixing just fucks it up. Maybe it's just my speakers, because I seem like the only person really jarred by it.

thebhoy
01.31.11
Well, that was wonderful. I don't know, the transition was fine Tyler

tombits
02.01.11
transition annoyed me too

this is nice and all but they haven't progressed at all since their s/t which is a little disappointing. i don't want [i]fleet foxes 2.0[/i]

tombits
02.01.11
god, i really need to stop using bb code in news threads

Lucid
02.01.11
boring like everything else by this band

klap
02.01.11
lucidity can't wait to see you at godspeed so i can smack you

liledman
02.01.11
"holy shit they've progressed a lot"

not really, but its still good.

lookatthatparkinglot
02.01.11
band is incapable of writing a single song that will ever move me in any way.

lookatthatparkinglot
02.01.11
band is incapable of writing a song that will ever move or inspire me.

DoubtGin
02.01.11
song rules

Underflow
02.02.11
Very good.

FlawedPerfection
02.02.11
Yeah, must be my subwoofer or something. Sounds a lot better using headphones/laptop speakers.

TheGreatFedora
02.02.11
It ain't bad I suppose.

natey
02.03.11
I like this a lot

DeafMetal
02.04.11
Great song.

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