Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

I first became enamored with this band when I heard their song Blue Ridge Mountains. And it actually wasn’t the studio version – it was their Take Away Show from La Blogotheque. And what was so perfect about this band was their ability to build folk songs into grand operations – to take their gorgeous harmonies to the next level by injecting the song with a sense over power.

In Blue Ridge Mountains, that happens (as is mentioned on the La Blogotheque page) after “I love you, oh brother of mine,” as the music crescendos to unbelievably heights – turning the band from a group of gangly hipster looking dudes into an angelic choir with the sun pouring down over their music.

In Helplessness Blues, this happens right around the three minute mark.

If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m raw
If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m sore

And you would wait tables and soon run the store

Gold hair in the sunrise my light in the dawn
If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m sore

If I had an orchard I’d work till I’m sore

Someday I’ll be like the man on the screen

Until that point, the song was pretty, but from there on out, the song turns into something more; something that I can’t quite put my finger on, but makes it sound like they’re singing the equivalent of the perfect single-malt scotch – poignant, original, smooth, and leaving you with that warm fuzzy aftermath.

The song is available for free download on their site, and the album will be released on May 3rd.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

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