Sun Giant EP EP, インポート
今や評判が評判を呼び「アメリカの至宝」と評される、ヴォーカルのRobin Pecknoldを中心としたシアトルのロック・バンド、Fleet Foxes(フリート・フォクシーズ)。現在は元Pedro the Lion~Crystal SkullsのChristian Wargo、シンガー・ソングライターのJ.Tillmanらを加えた5人組として活動している。バンジョー、マンドリン、ピアノ、フルート等多種多様な楽器を使い、壮大なサウンドと、美しすぎるコーラス・ワークで、デビューと共に世界中のメディアから大絶賛を受け、2008年海外主要メディアの年間チャートを独占した、今最も高い評価を集める話題のバンド。
Fleet Foxes' music doesn't translate easily to a the iTunes/Amazon distribution method of "Here's a single, listen for 30 seconds and see if you like it". The album really becomes much stronger when you play it from front to back. That being said, tell one of your doubting friends to listen to "Mykonos" and see if they don't love it right away. Their two full length albums (Fleet Foxes - 2008; Helplessness Blues - 2011) are also very solid, but for $3.99, this is about as good as an EP can get.
For those who haven't heard them, the focal point has to be the rich, choir-like harmonizing. But there are sneaky bits to their musicality, such as the clever, understated use of guitars that really make this an excellent group. Try this EP first, and you'll probably be buying their other albums in a hurry!
"Sun Giant" (5 tracks; 19 min.) starts of with the excellent title track, featuring an almost completely a-cappella performance of Robin Pecknold, his warm vocals will lit up any room. "Drops in the River" and "English House" brings the full band, with the same qualities and rich sounds that would become their trademark on the debut album. "Mykonos" is a lighter track. The closer "Innocent Son" brings just Robin Pecknold and his acoustic guitar, just beautiful. This EP is a must-have for any Fleet Foxes fan, even if it lacks some of the truly outstanding tracks of the debut album such as "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and "Oliver James".
Robin Pecknold played a rare solo set last week here in Cincinnati at the excellent MusicNOW Festival, opening for Joanna Newsom. He brought a thrilling 40 min. set, playing a lot of new material, some covers and a couple of tracks from the Fleet Foxes' debut album. The audience was so spell-bound, you could hear a pin drop. Outstanding. Meanwhile, I am glad I finally picked up "Sun Giant". Highly recommended!
Every song is great, but 2 stand out to me in particular:
"Sun Giant" is largely a capella (no instruments) and shows of Robin's amazing voice.
"Mykonos" was also released as a separate single. I love the guitar line in it - very original.
It may be disappointingly short if you were expecting an album, but as a companion to Fleet Foxes's debut, it is perfect. Or you can just get the special edition of their debut and it comes with this disc.