Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP (****1/2)

The debut EP from the Seattle-based, gospel-inspired psych-pop quintet Fleet Foxes is a masterful study in restraint and subdued beauty, in which lead Fox Robin Pecknold floats harmoniously above a sea of southern rock and classic folk signifiers. From the near-acapella opening title track on through to the majestic "Innocent Son", this frighteningly talented young band shows a respect for genre and a desire to transcend that is well beyond their cumulative years. Sun Giant marks the momentous arrival of a new, exciting musical force. When the year is written, it may very well turn out to be of Young Liars-sized importance. (stream the entire EP below while you still can)

Highlights: "Sun Giant", "Drops in the River", "Mykonos"

RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Cowboy Junkies, Califone

"Sun Giant"

"Drops in the River"

"English House"


"Innocent Son"

Myspace - Fleet Foxes


Anonymous said...

Their actual debut EP was the self-published "Fleet Foxes" in 2006. Rare apparently. 6 tracks unavailable elsewhere so far I believe.

Anonymous said...

That's true. It was sold only in the Seattle area. There is more information at this link: