It’s All It’s Cracked Up To Be

After releasing their first self-titled EP in 2006, Fleet Foxes quickly swept the indie folk scene. It wasn’t until 2008 when they released their second EP “Sun Giant” did the band start to make a greater impact in the indie music world.

After their 2011 release “Helplessness Blues,” the band’s then drummer and now superstar extraordinaire Josh Tillman a.k.a. Father John Misty decided to leave. Fleet Foxes then went into hibernation not too soon after.

Fronted by Robin Pecknold, who sings and plays guitar, along with now permanent members, Skyler Skjelset (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Casey Wescott (keyboards), Christian Wargo (bass guitar) and Morgan Henderson (upright bass, woodwinds, violin, percussion), Fleet Foxes have risen out of their hiatus with a new piece of artistry titled “Crack-Up.”

This album works to be something separate from prior releases, but still holds true to the band’s indie folk roots. With tracks like “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” the wave of instrumentation washes over with a driving piano and bass lines that carry Pecknold’s voice and remind listeners what Fleet Foxes are all about. The song is like the ebb and flow of waves on a shore. Moments of nothing but an acoustic guitar and whisper-like vocals cut to the same driving guitars and percussion.

Other notable tracks include “Fool’s Errand,” an eerily upbeat rhythm that crescendos into a love song driven by Robin’s drawn-out lyrics. Although past albums were as genuine and raw, this album’s lyrics stand out as even more emotionally charged. When the hard hitting music subsides and it’s just Pecknold’s voice, this album has something more intimate.

If you’re already a fan of Fleet Foxes, dive right in to this album and don’t look back. If you’re looking for an album to sink your teeth into and want to find your new favorite band please be sure to give Fleets Foxes’ newest effort “Crack-Up” a wholehearted listen.

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Now Listening: Daughter

Hey guys! Now we know daughter as a female offspring to two people, but have you heard of the band Daughter? An indie folk band, Daughter is comprised of frontwoman Elena Tonra from North London, Swiss guitarist Igor Haefeli, and French drummer Remi Aguilella. Tonra started as a solo artist uner her own name, but it didn’t feel quite rught to her, so she included Igor and Remi in her endeavors to create Daughter

Moody folk and hushed electronic, this indie band can pull at your heartstrings like no other. Self releasing a couple of EP’s in 2010 and 2011, Daughter released a full length album under record label 4AD. If You Leave was released in 2013. Most popular for its track Youth, the album is an intimate look into Daughter’s interpretation of the pains of growing up, heartache, and tragedy. A dramatic and emotional rollercoaster, this album is the kind of music you listen to when you feel like curling up and crying your eyes out.

Now, Daughter just released a second full length album under the same record label in January of this year. Highly anticipated due to their longtime drought and success from first album, Not to Disappear is expansive and ditches the artsy seriousness and extensive use of reverb. Crystalline and spacious, this second album is less suffocating, seemingly experiencing an enlightened outlook since 2013.

Murmuring hints of gothic post-punk and doomy shoegaze, and chest-beating dream pop, Not to Disappear is a mixing pot of stellar sound. Notably, Numbers lingers with implications of grubby hookup culture and its allure. This album transforms beyond the desolate hymns from previous releases. In this album Daughter also addresses issues of Alzheimer’s disease (Doing the Right Thing) and how relationships are suffering from emotional distance and insecurities (No Care).

Making forward strides into a path of growth, the new tunes from Daughter minds the gap between life’s everyday drudgery and potent stories of bleak times. Continuing with those “sad girl vibes,” this Daughter album is a great addition to your rainy day playlists.

Daughter is performing tomorrow March 24th at The Casbah! Unfortunately the show is sold out (and 21+), But if you’re willing to make the trek for Daughter, They’re also playing at the Observatory in Orange County on Saturday the 26th. Being the fan that I am, you can catch me up at that show. 🙂

Bless your ears below and have a happy Spring Break homies! ❃