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Sun Giant EP EP
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Like anything really good, you might not be sure you like it at first, but it gets better with each listen. They may be in "acquired taste" territory for some, but if you like folk or folk-rock or any of their modern indie descendants, you should check them out.
Between their two releases, Sun Giant is the far better introduction to the band for the uninitiated. The two cd's were released within a few months of each other and Sun Giant certainly came first for a reason. The five nearly perfect songs throw down the gauntlet and always leave you wanting more. If you like this one, you'll be ready for the more challenging, but just as great, full length eponymous cd.
Well, when a band is just starting out, they have to get your attention somehow. And the Fleet Foxes manage that at the start of their debut EP, "Sun Giant" -- a whirl of exquisitely baroque, elusively pretty rock-pop melodies. And most of it sounds like they recorded it inside a cathedral, or some other big echoey space.
It opens with the title track, a solemn harmony of choir-like vocals accompanied only by a plucked mandolin. "What a life I lead when the sun breaks free/as a giant torn from the clouds/what a life indeed when that ancient seed/is a berry watered and plowed," the Fleet Foxes intone, sounding very innocent and awestruck.
Then the tone shifts with the bittersweet "Drops in the River," with its eerie, vaguely medieval flavour ("On the shores, speak to the ocean and the sea"). "English House" drops into a catchy folk-pop number shimmering with woobly synth and nimble countryish riffs. Think a folksier Grizzly Bear, if you must compare it to something.
The rock sound becomes a bit more organic after that, with the smooth, tight pop melody of "Mykonos," but it's still punctuated with jangly guitars and soaring harmonies. And "Innocent Son" rounds the EP off with a subtle, wistful little folk melody that laments, "some twisted thorn tells me you saw me in the night with another..."
This dramatic intro to the Fleet Foxes -- as well as the whole EP -- does exactly what it's supposed to do: lures you in with beautiful music, and stokes excitement for their future music.Read more ›
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!
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This first EP by Fleet Foxes offers a preview of the great songs and fantastic harmony the group will reach in the following two albums. A must have for any fan of the group.Published 9 days ago by Tom Cook
This is my second Fleet Foxes album and it is everything I expected and maybe even more. It only has five cuts, but well worth $1 per cut.Published 2 months ago by STEPHANI FINLEY
I love this album and it sounds perfect on vinyl! It came in the same sleeve with the Fleet Foxes LP. I found it by accident. Awesome surprise!Published 3 months ago by David Wood
This band is a slow burn. The songs I like get better and better as I listen to them more. You feel enjoyment and yet it is a very adult album with many classical and some... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Wyre
This was an EP following Fleet Foxes's first album. The songs are reminiscent of their first album, so if you liked it, you should buy Sun Giant as well.Published 8 months ago by Henry Mann
Love these guys. The music is timeless yet takes you back to a time when music conveyed emotion and lyrics meant something. Love this EP!Published 8 months ago by Bad 'Ol Kat