Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Wistful second album from the Seattle indie-folkers

(Bella Union)

‘So now I am older / than my mother and father when they had their daughter / now what does that say about me?’ is the first line of this second album from everyone’s favourite Seattle-based indie-folkers, and it sets the scene perfectly for the tear-sodden blend of nostalgia, regret and optimistic wonder which permeates this rewarding record. Like Phil Spector recording in a shack on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, Robin Pecknold and co swathe their songs once more in a dense fog of reverberating drums and guitars, making way on occasion for the incisive jangle of the title track, an almost medieval folk instrumental in ‘The Cascades’ and the sparse, latterday Byrdsian pastoral of ‘The Shrine/An Argument’.

Fleet Foxes play the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Wed 29 Jun.

Fleet Foxes

Baroque harmonic folky pop jams from this dreamy Seattle quintet.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Tue 28 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01424 229111

With Nick Hakim.

O2 Academy Brixton, London SW9

Sun 26 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 477 2000

With Nick Hakim.

Mon 27 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 477 2000

With Nick Hakim.

O2 Apollo Manchester

Thu 23 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 477 7677

With Nick Hakim.

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