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WED, MAR 30, 2011 at 5:25 AM

Watch Fleet Foxes new video for “Grown Ocean” and Pre-Order their New Record (it’s called Helplessness Blues)


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.

Posted by Bekah Zietz

MON, JAN 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Fleet Foxes Announce Second Album, Helplessness Blues, Pre-Order NOW


Fleet Foxes Announce the Release of Second Album, Helplessness Blues, Out May 3rd, 2011
& Tour Dates in North America, London and Europe

On May 3rd Fleet Foxes will release Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union), the much-anticipated follow up to their 2008 self-titled debut. The release of the twelve-track album will coincide with the band’s first North American tour dates since August 2009 followed by a string of UK and European dates. The tour will begin in Vancouver on April 30th and end in London England. More tour information, including North American ticket pre-sale, provided below. Fleet Foxes have made the title-track of the album available for download now.

Helplessness Blues was recorded over the course of a year at Avast Recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was recorded and mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek. The piece that appears on the album cover was illustrated by Seattle artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Chris Alderson. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson.

Pre-order the album here.

Fleet Foxes North American Tour

Beginning Tuesday, February 1st at 9:00 AM Pacific time, tickets can be purchased online at Ticket prices will vary. Fleet Foxes pre-sale tickets are available while supplies last.

04/30/11 Sat – Vancouver BC @ The Vogue Theatre
05/01/11 Sun – Portland OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/03/11 Tue – Seattle WA @ Moore Theatre
05/05/11 Thu – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater
05/06/11 Fri – San Diego CA @ Spreckels Theatre
05/07/11 Sat – Hollywood CA @ Hollywood Palladium
05/08/11 Sun – Tucson AZ @ Rialto Theatre
05/10/11 Tue – Austin TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05/11/11 Wed – Dallas TX @ Palladium Ballroom
05/13/11 Fri – Nashville TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/14/11 Sat – Atlanta GA @ The Tabernacle
05/15/11 Sun – Washington DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
05/17/11 Tue – Boston MA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/18/11 Wed – New York NY @ The United Palace Theatre
05/21/11 Sat – Upper Darby PA @ Tower Theatre

UK and European Tour

05/25/11 Wed – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
05/26/11 Thu – Munich, Germany @ Dachau Summer of Music
05/28/11 Sat – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
05/30/11 Mon – Paris, France @ Bataclan
05/31/11 Tue – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo

Posted by Alissa Gallivan