Fleet Foxes new one is a bit different from their debut. The production is vastly different. Robin Pecknold’s vocals sound extremely different (not to mention the lyrics, which a friend equated to being similar to those found in his high school journal), having been honed and crafted whereas before they sounded a bit raw at times. But what remains the same is Fleet Foxes ability to create a great sounding song.
“Grown Ocean” is a prime example, with a catchy melody and the wonderful folk instrumentation we all loved so much from their debut. The incorporation of flute is, oddly enough, quite welcoming. The video for “Grown Ocean” is an array of footage from retro video cameras blending beautiful landscapes with footage of the band doing various thing (although not really performing for the most part, which is refreshing). It’s a good watch.
Outside some simple and seemingly obvious rhymes, I don’t mind the lyrics. As another friend put it (paraphrased): I like the lyrics when put to the music. I agree – for me, it’s always been the full picture. The music, the vocals, the lyrics, all joined together as one. That’s what Fleet Foxes did best on their self-titled debut, and they once again master it here on “Grown Ocean”.
I, for one, am really looking forward to listening to the rest of Helplessness Blues. Check out the video for “Grown Ocean” below, and snag the album’s title track for your listening enjoyment while you’re at it.
Download: “Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes
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