PT: Fleet Foxes Have Helplessness Blues

Back in 2008 the Fleet Foxes helped usher in the beard rock movement with a pair of releases that owed an equal debt to bands such as Crosby, Stills & Nash as to acts like Fairport Convention. After relentlessly touring behind the unexpected runaway success of their full-length debut, the band’s schedule finally settled down long enough for them to head into the studio last year to start work on their sophomore LP. Recorded at studios on both coasts, including several in their hometown of Seattle, WA, the long-awaited results will finally be heard when Helplessness Blues hits stores on May 3.

Originally set to be released late last year, Fleet Foxes front man Robin Pecknold was reportedly unhappy with the initial mix of the album telling UK music magazine Uncut he felt there “were things that could be improved.” The band went back into the studio to re-record the entire thing. While this may have been cause for concern for fans of the band, fear not. From what we’ve heard of the new record it’s a step forward sonically, but still full of their signature lush harmonies and folkie sounds.

Let’s check out the video for the album’s closing track Grown Ocean…

The Fleet Foxes will kick off their lengthy world tour with three weeks of shows in North America starting on April 29 in Vancouver.

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