It has been a long-awaited return for the indie-folk band Fleet Foxes, who have been off the radar for about six years now. The Seattle-based group struck quick fame because of their beautifully captivating songs, their poetic lyrics and passionate harmonies, which then led the band to a record deal with Sub Pop and an international tour.
The band released their first self-titled album in 2008–an album that’s stocked with hits like “White Winter Hymnal” and “Oliver James,” followed by an EP called Sun Hands that same year. Helplessness Blues is the name of their second full-length, which was nominated for Best Folk Album at the Grammy’s, and continues to express the band’s gentle, vulnerable folk sound, and invites listeners into their world of uncertainty as you can hear on the album’s title track with lyrics like, “What’s my name, what’s my station, oh, just tell me what I should do” and “What good is it to sing helplessness blues, why should I wait for anyone else?” It’s a deep song, full of colorful imagery, and just like so many of their other tracks it finds a way to blend together a series of varied emotions, leaving listeners in awe of the romance, the nostalgia, and the crushingly pure vocals of Robin Pecknold.
Fleet Foxes has an upcoming album called Crack-Up that will be released this June on Nonesuch Records, and their single “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” has already been released. Welcome back, Fleet Foxes. It’s been way too long.
BRIC! Celebration Brookyn Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell
7 p.m. (rain or shine!)