Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
it’s a record that should certainly satisfy fans of their first, self titled album from 2008. i for one, have had it on repeat for much of this evening. Robin Pecknold, the groups singer, guitarist and songwriter has said he wanted this album to be, “less upbeat and more groove-based“, and on the use of 12-string guitar, “That will be the primary sonic distancing from the last record“.
also, despite being written over the past couple of years this album was recorded rather quickly. vocals in one take, flaws included. a spontaneity that brings an energy that could easily be lost otherwise i guess. whatever the process this is an accomplished album that follows on easily from their first
Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes will be released on May 3rd on Sub Pop Records
here’s the albums lead single and title track Helplessness Blues
for a reminder of their earlier work here’s the now classic White Winter Hymnal from their debut album