Feast on Fleet Foxes
Here we are: Four months into 2008 and the music industry (indie and commercial alike) have ultimately failed to quench my thirst for satisfying, fulfilling and rewarding music. The fact that a measly little EP is so far the best release of the year speaks volumes of the condition of the current musical climate. But, oh what an EP it is.
The Seattle-based Fleet Foxes (Sub-Pop Records) released their first official collection of tunes—the Sun Giant EP. Not to get too simple, but if you were to mix Neil Young, Band of Horses, and traditional American folk music together you would have created, from scratch, the Fleet Foxes.
From the perfectly harmonized, a capella opening on “Sun Giant,” to the folk-blues and empty-music-hall feel of “Innocent Sun”—this EP is nearly perfect by both LP and EP standards. It is a complicated gamble to combine 60’s and 70’s folk pop with more contemporary sounds, but this gamble pays off dividends for the Fleet Foxes. What they have produced is a truly interesting collection of songs, feelings, and emotions without bogging down the listener with too many experimental arrangement tweaks.
This is an EP of vision, a band knowing exactly what they want to do and doing it, there is not feel of second-guessing on their part and that confidence carries itself to the listener. If they ever promised to satisfy, they fail to disappoint. And if this EP is a promise of what their future will hold, I look forward to them sticking to that promise also.