Monday Warming: Fleet Foxes

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

We just can’t get enough

Obviously we’re fans of the Fleet Foxes here at Gypsysphere, so I figured I would give you another taste of a track off the newly released Hopelessness Blues. On this track “Montezuma,” Robin Pecknold has moved away from his landscape imagery and into a more introspective position by questioning his past and mortality and the rest of the album follows suit. This new record finds Fleet Foxes exploring more complex song structures and guitar lines but always with those amazing vocal harmonies.

Enjoy: “Montezuma”


Remix Wednesday: Fleet Foxes – The Shrine (Hannes Fischer Remix)

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Fleet Foxes like you’ve never heard them before.

The Fleet Foxes are hot right now, coming off their killer release “Helplessness Blues” on May 3rd, so I figured I would use Remix Wednesday to mention them. This track has a very house feel, but still manages to capture Robin Pecknold’s dreamy voice and make it into something upbeat. Probably a great track to drive to, but it’ll do for a Wednesday pick me up.

Three Songs from Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes

March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

A few days ago Robin Pecknold, frontman of the band Fleet Foxes, recorded three acoustic jams in LA.  The three-song release is cleverly titled Three Songs, and one of the recordings titled “I’m Losing Myself” is a duet with Ed Droste, who happens to be a member of the band Grizzly Bear. If you don’t want to listen to all three songs, I highly suggest you at least check out this one. It has some really compelling lyrics and the harmonies created by Pecknold and Droste will make you forget about everything going on around you. Pecknold wrote on the Fleet Foxes Twitter page “These aren’t Fleet Foxes songs, but I didn’t know where else to disseminate it.  Pretty mellow jams.”  Indeed Mr. Pecknold, I would definitely classify these songs as some pretty mellow jams. Check out all three below and see if you agree.

New Fleet Foxes Song / Album

February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s Coming
After 2008’s success of their self titled album, The Fleet Foxes have high expectations on their upcoming Helplessness Blues, due out May 3 on Sub Pop. But for now, luckily I stopped by INDIEBLOGHEAVEN to see their first released single form the upcoming album. If this song is any indication of how good this next album should be, then I’m ready for May to get here.
Check it out

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop

SPIN’S 30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011

January 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is the most exciting article I’ve read this month.  Spin posted a review of 30 albums that are coming out in 2011 and most include some sort of preview…I’m on the edge of my seat for this new music.

Some highlights…

The Strokes – Angels:  Seems like it’s gonna be some classic garage-rock with some new atmospheric sounds thrown in, but will of course be riddled with those dueling guitar lines that resemble video game sounds in only a way that the Strokes can do.

Fleet Foxes: Hopefully we’ll see a release in May as long as Robin Pecknold doesn’t have another change of heart about his songs, but I’m excited for this one regardless.

Radiohead: Seems like they’re taking a while on this one, but you know it’s gonna be a good year if we get a new Radiohead album.  Wonder what marketing ploy they’ll try this time?

Red Hot Chili Peppers: – Really!? Can it be?  They are sans John Frusciante but yes they are returning with a promise of new Afro-Beat influenced rhythms and some songs written by the infamous Flea, this album should definitely be entertaining.

Patrick Stump – Soul Punk:  Gotta say Fall Out Boy has always been a guilty pleasure and I’ve been pretty excited for the frontman’s solo project, but on the little taste that Spin provides I gotta say I’m less than surprised at the pop-factory he has created.  He released two versions of his song “Spotlight” and is asking fans to choose which one they prefer.  They both sound like “Cameras” meets “Fireworks” to me but we’ll see what else he has to offer.

Some other notables: Blink-182, Deathcab, Wilco, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Kanye/Jay-Z Collab.

Keep your ears peeled, in the next few months…

…and thanks to SPIN for all the linkage.

Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes Soundalikes for Ads

October 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Pitchfork recently posted a discovery they made about two commercials that featured songs that sound like they were carefully constructed to sound just like Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” and Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks.”  I am assuming with all the lawsuits clouding around companies using indie rock songs in their ads without permission from the artists, marketers are contracting bands and artists to just write songs that resemble the tunes they want to use in the ads.

Clever, but we see what you’re doing.

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