Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
The second Fleet Foxes album full of sweet folk, baroque pop and free jazz that more than matches the greatness of their influences - Roy Harper,åÊSmileåÊera Brian Wilson and Crosby, Stills and Nash.åÊHelplessness BluesåÊwas recorded over the course of a year at Avast recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek.åÊHelplessness BluesåÊis a thoughtful, elegant record that retains a great deal of what people loved about the Foxes the first time around. It adds some surprises too. the jazz coda toåÊThe Shrine / An ArgumentåÊshows off the Foxes's expansive ears; the faintly eastern lilt on songs such asåÊBedouin DressåÊor The Plains / Bitter Dancer keeps their template fresh. to the mesh of guitars and voices come zithers and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as something called a marxophone.åÊHelplessness BluesåÊis born out of a fraught gestation period, touched by doubt, uncertainty and the travails of growing older and finding your place. But it is also a thing of beauty, and as the blissful outro of its title-track or the breathless, exuberant surge of closeråÊGrown OceanåÊdemonstrate, at its core lies a tangible sense of wonder and hope.
2LP - Heavyweight 140 Gram Double Vinyl Set.