Fleet Foxes

by Martha Elaine Belden on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:27 PM
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The first time I heard "White Winter Hymnal," it literally took my breath away. And then I proceeded to listen to the song at least a dozen times more that very same day. With their debut, self-titled album, the Fleet Foxes have set a precedent I pray they can hold to for years to come.

This is one of the very few albums I've come across that holds (in my humble opinion) not one weak track. Every song is magical in its own right. As I already mentioned, "White Winter Hymnal" is a breathtaking masterpiece of complex melody backed by lyrical simplicity while "Your Protector" stuns as it gracefully gathers momentum and takes you by surprise with its affecting supplication.

If you haven't already, please... I implore you to check out Fleet Foxes. And if you're as impressed as I have been... just wait till you see these guys live. They'll change your life, I guarantee it.

Band Members: Robin Pecknold, Skye Skjelset, J Tillman, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo
[sidenote: I met Robin after the show a few weeks ago, and I must admit... I wish he could be my new best friend. What a kind and truly humble man. And an incredible singer, at that.]

  1. "Sun It Rises" – 3:11
  2. "White Winter Hymnal" – 2:27
  3. "Ragged Wood" – 5:07
  4. "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" – 3:28
  5. "Quiet Houses" – 3:32
  6. "He Doesn't Know Why" – 3:20
  7. "Heard Them Stirring" – 3:02
  8. "Your Protector" – 4:09
  9. "Meadowlarks" – 3:11
  10. "Blue Ridge Mountains" – 4:25
  11. "Oliver James" – 3:23

"White Winter Hymnal" lyrics:

I was following the pack
all swallowed in their coats
with scarves of red tied ’round their throats
to keep their little heads
from fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ’round and there you go
And, Michael, you would fall
and turn the white snow red as strawberries
in the summertime...

"Your Protector" lyrics:

She left a week to roam
Your protector's coming home
Keep your secrets with you
Safe from the outside

You walk along the stream
Your head caught in a waking dream
Your protector's coming home (coming home)

As you lay to die beside me, baby
On the morning that you came
Would you wait for me,
the other one,
would you wait for me? (2x)

You run with the devil (2x)

Ooh ooh ooh...

Tell your brother to be good
Tell your sister not to go
Tell your mother not to wait
Tell your father I was good

As you lay to die beside me, baby
On the morning that you came
Would you wait for me,
the other one,
would you wait for me?

Ooh ooh ooh...

And just a little something extra... to further demonstrate the impact this band has had on folks the world over... check out this incredible dedication to the Fleet Foxes by Swedish duo First Aid Kit.


1 R&R Engage comment to “Fleet Foxes”

  1. MCM Says:
    I've been listening back to this track lately.

    I have to play it over and over again.

    Beautiful song. Kind of a lonely sadness to it...

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