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posted Friday, April 29, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 17
Where It's At: Fleet Foxes a homegrown act
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Where It's At: Fleet Foxes a homegrown act

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Fleet Foxes
May 2-3
Moore Theatre (Sold Out)


Just like the coffee roasted this morning at Vivace, music by the Fleet Foxes is freshly crafted right here in Seattle. Since arriving on the indie scene three years ago with their self-titled release (which topped my Best Albums/CDs list in 2008), the folk six-piece has basically exploded with a following way outside the Northwest - in fact, when I traveled to Europe in 2009, I met more Fleet Foxes fans than I could shake a stick at.

The group is set to release their newest album, Helplessness Blues, on May 3, which is so anticipated that publications like Spin magazine, New York Daily News, The Guardian, and the Vancouver Sun have already written about it in advance. And after giving it a listen myself this week, I'm simply amazed. I'm particularly fond of the tracks 'The Shrine/An Argument' and the leadoff single 'Grown Ocean.' The album was recorded almost entirely in the area - Reciprocal Recording and Avast Recording (Seattle), Bear Creek Studios (Woodinville), and Dreamland Studios (West Hurley, New York) - and it's probably the most anticipated project on local record label Sub Pop's upcoming roster.

Not only are most of Fleet Foxes' songs written and recorded in Seattle, but friends and family members of the ensemble comprise a large part of their network. Lead singer Robin Pecknold's sister Aja manages the band, while brother Sean is their go-to guy for album art and music videos, and dad Greg is the luthier (instrument repair man). It's this simple business plan combined with an earthy, fresh sound that makes Fleet Foxes so unique in today's cookie-cutter industry. Don't shoot me for using the excessively tossed-out word 'organic,' but here's an instance where it's completely appropriate. These men create music as natural as the tree buds in your backyard attempting to sprout this cold April.

Fleet Foxes sold out both concerts at the Moore Theatre within a day or two - no surprise. The concerts will provide fans with a grand opportunity to hear songs from Helplessness Blues before anyone else, though chances are high that 'Mykonos,' 'White Winter Hymnal,' and 'Blue Ridge Mountains' from the first album will also get play time at either of the shows - my fingers are crossed for 'Your Protector.' Fellow Seattle folkies The Cave Singers are scheduled to open both nights, making each performance a much more precious experience.

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