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Personnel: Gwil Owen (flute). Audio Mixer: Phil Ek. Recording information: Avast Studio, Seattle, WA (2007); London Bridge Studio (2007). Arrangers: Robin Pecknold; Nicholas Peterson; Casey Wescott; Skyler Skjelset. With their self-titled full-length Sub Pop debut, Fleet Foxes unveil an impressively confident and engaging set of indie-folk tunes. While singer/guitarist Robin Pecknold's warm, resonant voice clearly brings to mind My Morning Jacket's Jim James, his tight vocal harmonies with other members of the Seattle-based band evoke vintage Beach Boys more than anything else (see the airy "He Doesn't Know Why"). And though the group's gentle instrumentation and pastoral aesthetic affectionately acknowledge 1960s/'70s British folk, they steer clear of self-consciously quirky "freak folk" meanderings, and opt instead for immaculately crafted chamber-pop, best evinced by the swooning "White Winter Hymnal." One of the finest indie releases of 2008, FLEET FOXES casts an undeniably enchanting spell.
Song List: Disc 1
1. Sun It Rises
2. White Winter Hymnal
3. Ragged Wood
4. Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
5. Quiet Houses
6. He Doesn't Know Why
7. Heard Them Stirring
8. Your Protector
9. Meadowlarks
10. Blue Ridge Mountains
11. Oliver James
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Label:  Sub Pop Records (USA)
ArtistFleet Foxes
Release Date:  June 03, 2008
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review by . October 15, 2009
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Pros: The musicianship, harmonies, and lyrics are absolutely stunning...     Cons: ...it may take a while fully appreciate and enjoy the music     The Bottom Line: "Music is a weird and cosmic thing, its own strange religion for nonbelievers, and what a joy it is to make, in any form"- Fleet Foxes     I feel like last fall was my time of interesting musical discovery.  I got into a lot of bands that I might not have listened to …
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