Fleet Foxes cover a lot of territory -- both musical and geographical -- on Sun Giant, their debut EP for Sub Pop. The band's close, pristine harmonies and spare arrangements are at once timeless and a breath of fresh air, sharing roots with '60s folk-rock, 2000s indie pop, and ageless traditional songs. Fleet Foxes feel like they're singing to, and for, themselves on the EP, particularly on the title track, which lingers on their harmonies before drifting off on an acoustic guitar melody. Even on "Drops in the River," which builds from similarly simple beginnings to big drums and plugged-in guitars, the gentle beauty of the Foxes' melodies remains the same. From "English House"'s sparkling autoharps to the dreamy, soft rock-tinged "Mykonos," Sun Giant plays like it was culled from a backpacker's travel journal. With this intimate, organic, and tantalizing first glimpse at their music, Fleet Foxes sound like they've been making music a lot longer than their ages would suggest. Call it old soul music.
Performance CreditsFleet Foxes Primary Artist
Christian Wargo Group Member
Casey Wescott Group Member
Robin Pecknold Group Member
Skyler Skjelset Group Member
Nicholas Peterson Group Member
Technical CreditsChristian Wargo Instrumentation
Casey Wescott Instrumentation
Robin Pecknold Composer,Instrumentation
Skyler Skjelset Instrumentation
Nicholas Peterson Instrumentation
Thomas Jefferson Liner Notes
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Sun Giant EP based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Buy this EP. I bought this and the band's LP and haven't stopped listening to either of them. Great music, unlike anything else out there. Fans of My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, and early Shins will dig this album.
Strange harmonies, odd lyrics, medieval tonality and folk-country mood = absolute delight. I liked their second album, so I bought the first. The works sound a lot alike, not surprisingly, but if you find that you like one, you might as well get them both for added listening joy. They haunt and beguile into an aural world of wonder like a dream gone just slightly awry, a beautiful song-world that burrows into the soul, soothes and unseats all at once. I put them on when I am working and they sharpen my focus. I put them on when I am relaxing and I can space out into their carefully harmonized vocals and sincere acoustic instrumentations. They FEEL good, even if their lyrics do not comfort. They are mysterious and cool and their sound is strangely addictive. Listen and you will want to go back again and again into their soundscape.