Fleet Foxes is an indie folk group formed in Seattle, Washington, in 2006 and they are Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skye Skjelset (guitar, mandolin), Josh Tillman (drums), Casey Wescott (keyboards), Christian Wargo (bass) and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist, who has helped in recording the last album). The name Fleet Foxes refers to “some weird English activity like fox hunting”.
On January 18, 2008, they signed with Sub Pop, and release the EP “Sun Giant” and the album “Fleet Foxes”, both received praise from critics, highlighting his vocal harmonies and intriguing lyrics.
On May 3 they released their second album called “Helplessness Blues“, the singer Robin Pecknold speaks at the bio of the group on website Sub Pop about the new album: “I’d say it’s a synthesis of folk rock, traditional folk, & psychedelic pop, with an emphasis on group vocal harmonies. Astral Weeks was a big inspiration on this album, if not always in sound then in approach. The raw emotion in Van Morrison’s vocals and the trance-like nature of the arrangements were very inspiring for this album!. Musically it leans on country music a little bit more, in the slide guitar of songs like “Grown Ocean” and “Bedouin Dress” or “Helplessness Blues.” We used a number of new instruments including the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer, zither, upright bass, wood flute, tympani, Moog synthesizer, the tamboura, the fiddle, the marxophone, clarinet, the music box, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, vibraphone, along with more traditional band instrumentation”.
And he ends by talking about why the album title and lists a number of reasons; “One, it’s kind of a funny title. Secondly, one of the prevailing themes of the album is the struggle between who you are and who you want to be or who you want to end up, and how sometimes you are the only thing getting in the way of that. That idea shows up in a number of the songs”.
Fleet Foxes are on tour and during these days are in Spain, yesterday in Bilbao, today in Madrid, Cartagena tomorrow (I’ll be there) and Sunday in Barcelona.