Fleet Foxes release new single
2011-01-31 by Irving Tan STAFF | 39 Comments
Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes have posted a new song entitled 'Helplessness Blues' for free download.

'Helplessness Blues' is taken from the album of the same name, which is scheduled for release on May 3.

http://www.fleetfoxes.com/helplessness-blues.html
Tagged: Fleet Foxes

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Oceanus
January 31st 2011
877 Comments


Liking this. Fleet Foxes are a good band but I wouldn't listen to them regularly.

psykonaut
January 31st 2011
3913 Comments


i am now simultaneously talking about this band in three threads, fuck yeah
this song is really good

CrownOfMagnets
January 31st 2011
2293 Comments


cool.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2011
23909 Comments


yay! this all but confirms Fleet Foxes at Sasquatch this year!

I will listen to this when I'm not at work

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2011
7311 Comments


YES. Finally got a news article of mine published! Third time's a charm, I guess!

Steoandnoodles
January 31st 2011
2832 Comments


Fantastic song. Very excited.

Their debut record was spectacular.

dixoncocks
January 31st 2011
2601 Comments


I like this alot, but the sound is exactly the same simon and garfunkely stuff they did before.

G3N3R1C
January 31st 2011
1945 Comments


Started listening to the song... thought it wasn't too bad, made it to about the half-way mark and noticed that the song was over 5 minutes long and was like "Jesus, it's that long? Yeah, fuck this."

It's basically like 70-to-80% of their self-titled; bland vocals with a bland melody that doesn't exactly capture my interest.

DoubtGin
January 31st 2011
6752 Comments


jizzable

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2011
7311 Comments


I've also just noticed the severe editing that my news blurb received. LOL. Thanks! XD

North0House
January 31st 2011
1764 Comments


Lol, that's so weird, I just started listening to this when I saw Subpop uploaded it on youtube.
Then I clicked on this.
Great song.

Steoandnoodles
January 31st 2011
2832 Comments


Sputnikmusic seems to be the only place that has people who dislike Fleet Foxes. :/ (I'm not one of them. :P)

Uranium
January 31st 2011
7234 Comments


Yes please.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2011
23909 Comments


so this is better than about 80% of their self-titled

Steoandnoodles
January 31st 2011
2832 Comments


Great song

G3N3R1C
January 31st 2011
1945 Comments


Community seems to follow everything the staff do. :/


yeah, we're all just a bunch of mindless drones.

no but srsly, i just couldn't get into their first album, aside from maybe White Winter Hymnal.

psykonaut
January 31st 2011
3913 Comments


i wouldn't worry about it steo, there's not a single band on this site that gets 100% universal praise

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2011
23909 Comments


i definitely disagreed with the lower staff ratings. the self-titled is awesome, but definitely gets old.

Steoandnoodles
January 31st 2011
2832 Comments


I suppose. I dunno, it's just weird to see hate for this band. :-/

Actually; Bon Iver seems to have 100% praise from what I've seen. (well almost.)

G3N3R1C
January 31st 2011
1945 Comments


It got old for me after about 2 listens.

By the way, i felt that MAYBE i was a bit unfair to it and decided to give the 2nd half of the song a listen. yeah, still don't care for it. Idk, there's something about this guy's voice that kinda bugs me.

Steoandnoodles
January 31st 2011
2832 Comments


It's characterless, but where it succeeds is being rather haunting, rather poetic in terms of singing. Though the voice is totally characterless (as I already mentioned), it's this sense of nothing that allows the textures, sounds and images of the lyrics to glimmer through.

Besides; technically speaking; he is a great singer. Well able to hold a note.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2011
7311 Comments


I loved their debut, and the Sun Giant EP was boss...but I just wasn't feeling this song.

=(?

G3N3R1C
January 31st 2011
1945 Comments


Idk. I don't listen to A LOT of folk (or music in this vein) but when i do, one aspect that's kinda important to me is that the vocalist must at least SOUND like he has emotion. Granted, lyrics are important, and FF do deliver in that aspect, but Robin whatever-his-name-is almost put me to sleep on some of the more forgettable tracks on their self-titled.

Steoandnoodles
January 31st 2011
2832 Comments


I listen to plenty of folk too but if you trail back extremely far ie Dock Boggs, a lot of those vocalists followed his styling of vocals, his exact formula.

I guess what I am saying G3N3R1C is that we can be; in a way thankful that at least he is casting his own vocals style. I mean, it's less controversial than other folk vocalists today such as Kristian Matson and Sam Amidon.

There is a certain delicacy to Robin's voice, it's difficult to appreciate under certain circumstances. Perhaps you are yet to find the magic; possible in a different setting. Maybe try when you are unwinding.

But I can totally understand you disliking them, especially the production of the record; which seems to tuck the vocals in the back, behind the music.

killrobotmusic
January 31st 2011
670 Comments


Awesome track. Pumped for the LP to drop in May.

deepintheorchard
January 31st 2011
644 Comments


This is a lot better than the debut, and Sun Giant. I love the medieval feel that they have.

Awesomesauce
January 31st 2011
1084 Comments


Can't say I ever understood the appeal of these guys. Still, this is coming from the guy who likes deep-fried mars bars so make of that what you will.

ebay
January 31st 2011
501 Comments


I'm loving this... Perfect harmonies as always.

myhigherpie
January 31st 2011
3027 Comments


really good song.

lookatthatparkinglot
February 1st 2011
168 Comments


vocal harmony vocal harmony vocal harmony meadow jams i am a rock

Uranium
February 1st 2011
7234 Comments


is there a downloadable copy?

killrobotmusic
February 1st 2011
670 Comments


^ Yeah, you can download it off of Subpop's website for free. Just click under the main Fleet Foxes article.

Polymath
February 1st 2011
3836 Comments


Very nice track, can't wait for this!

Uranium
February 1st 2011
7234 Comments


Awesome, thank you sir.

Voytek
February 1st 2011
139 Comments


they sound like sheep herders

McAlmonds
February 1st 2011
81 Comments


Cool. It's about time. I don't really like the album/song title. I generally don't really like anything much like "XY Blues".

Blind
February 1st 2011
427 Comments


sweet deal, loving it

skippingboy123
February 2nd 2011
431 Comments


Nice, first song I've ever listened to by them... hopefully some new music for me.

shazwagon
February 12th 2011
84 Comments


Excellent! Quiet excited...



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