The new video for the Fleet Foxes song “Grown Ocean” is now up and available. It is also sort of jaw-droppingly great. The song “Grown Ocean” is on the upcoming Fleet Foxes album, Helplessness Blues, which comes out May 3rd. You can watch said video by clicking here.
If and when you pre-order this new Fleet Foxes record here on the Sub Pop Internet Concern, you will receive, for free and along with the record, an exclusive and really quite handsome poster. Click here to make with the ordering.
What follows is some further info on Helplessness Blues. You can also read the promotional biography for Helplessness Blues written by Robin Pecknold (he is in Fleet Foxes) right here.
Fleet Foxes are from Seattle and the members of the band are Robin Pecknold, Skye Skjelset, Josh Tillman, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and Morgan Henderson. The first Fleet Foxes album (Fleet Foxes) was released on Sub Pop in 2008, and though the band’s intention was to record a new album in the 6-8 months following its release, the reception of the record was such that Fleet Foxes found themselves very busy, touring consistently through the end of 2009. Engineered and mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Phil and the band, the new Fleet Foxes record is called Helplessness Blues. Recording for Helplessness Blues began in April 2010 at Dreamland Recording in Woodstock, NY and continued off and on through November of that same year back in Seattle at numerous studios, including Bear Creek, Reciprocal Recording and Avast. Like very nearly every worthwhile thing, making this album was not easy; it was a difficult second album to make. Drawing inspiration from folk/rock from about 1965 to 1973, and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks in particular, Helplessness Blues sees Fleet Foxes heighten and extend themselves, adding instrumentation (clarinet, the music box, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, vibraphone, etc., along with more traditional band instrumentation), with a focus on clear, direct lyrics, and an emphasis on group vocal harmonies. We have it on good authority that the album is called Helplessness Blues for at least a couple of reasons. One, it’s kind of a funny title. Secondly, one of the prevailing themes of the album is the struggle between who you are and who you want to be or who you want to end up, and how sometimes you are the only thing getting in the way of that.
Having heard Helplessness Blues, we mean to get out of its way.