Yesterday, Fleet Foxes officially released their album Helplessness Blues. Rooted in soft folk melodies with finger style plucking guitar progressions, the group’s pop sensibility seems stronger than their self-titled debut with tracks like “Montezuma” and “Grown Ocean.” The albums combines well-tailored singles with longer (over four minutes) non-conventional tracks like “The Shrine/An Argument” or “The Plains/ Bitter Dancer.” The latter tracks juxtapose two sonic narratives, paralleling the titles, with a break in the middle. With Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes dynamically bridge creativity with pop sensibility, reminding music fans that they’re one of the most exciting contemporary artists of the last five years.
Fleet Foxes: “Montezuma”
Fleet Foxes: “The Shrine/ An Argument”
Fleet Foxes: “The Ocean”