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Sun Giant EP [EP]

Fleet FoxesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0014DBZX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Seattle's Fleet Foxes make such complex, harmonic, 70s inspired folk-rock, it's hard to believe that the band's principle songwriter, Robin Pecknold, is only 21 years old. There's a moment on David Crosby's "Laughing" where Cros, Joni, and the whole gang hit a harmony that might be the most gorgeous moment in the history of recorded music. The Fleet Foxes know that moment and they go for it. This EP is a precursor to the band's debut, "Ragged Wood", out in June.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe I have an illness... June 27, 2008
By WW85
Format:Audio CD
I listen to this band way too much. It's been months since Sun Giant was released and I still listen to it practically every day. Fleet Foxes are like no other band out there, despite the many easy comparisons that could be (and have been) made. Though one could write it off as easy listening, it ain't easy or dumbed down music.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Since the early seventies, musicians have been trying to relocate that vein of rock and roll that reached its pinnacle in the sixties with CSN, the Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, The Band, Neil Young, (I'd say Bob Dylan too, but I'll never see him matched in my lifetime) etc. As far as I'm concerned, rarely, if ever, has anybody found it. The Fleet Foxes, on the other hand, have struck that vein dead on. With Sun Giant, as I'm sure their up and coming album will, they haven't merely rehashed old sounds, they have given the old sounds a new edge. Mykonos has to be their greatest achievement in this album, but every song is epic and beyond the years of such a young band. Sure they've got their heads in the clouds, but they're likewise grounded. Their sound goes back to the basics, and by so doing, is able to support the lofty harmonies, weaving rounds, and ambitious compositions. Whatever their future in music holds, I can tell from these five songs that it's going to be bright. I'm rarely a loyalist to any particular group or musician, but they have a returning listener in me.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a life April 7, 2008
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"What a life I lead in the summer/ What a life I lead in the spring..." a chorale sings, solemnly echoing from the speakers.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something grand October 16, 2009
By Cat B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have not heard anything this good or heartbreakingly beautiful in many years. Each song is an entity unto itself. I never tire of listening. May there be many more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Debut EP July 12, 2011
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I got into Fleet Foxes by checking Amazon's list of comparables and upon the recommendation of a friend. But now I spend most of my music browsing time trying to find OTHER bands that I like as much as Fleet Foxes. The fact is that there isn't another band quite like them.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior EP
If you haven't heard Fleet Foxes, try giving this a listen. You will not be disappointed in any way shape or form.
Published 6 months ago by Carl Largent
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
First heard of these guys on Pandora, Mykonos I believe was the song, and I have been hooked ever since.
Published 12 months ago by shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleet Foxes fan
Love the music of Fleet Foxes. If you likes their sound, this is a shorty, only 5 cuts but worth it as they are all amazing.
Published 14 months ago by John S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the best collection of songs that couldn't fit better together if they tried. What wonderful composition and harmonies. I love Fleet Foxes and this is why... Read more
Published 16 months ago by lvanhulst
5.0 out of 5 stars massive sound and vocals
This band has been around for a while but is so new and refreshing. Great sound with one of the best vocalist I've heard.
Published 17 months ago by kevin m rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Fleet Foxes album!
Can you believe that I didn't know who the Fleet Foxes were before this album? Well, now I do and I love their music. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleet Foxes ... a unique sound
Fleet Foxes has successfully created a unique sound that can draw you in and make you want to hear more.
Published 20 months ago by P Alexander
1.0 out of 5 stars The WORST album I've heard in 5 years!!
Being the ever-searching, curious creature of new music that I am, I took a chance & borrowed this CD from my local library. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars too short!
As always, Fleet Foxes never disappoints. Just love them. Mykonos a lyrical & melodic treat. Drops in the River -haunting w/ cello. Innocent Son, perfect ballad.
Published on November 27, 2011 by Laura J. Bilger
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Super-giant
This group is reminiscent of well done music from days back but is done with much relevance and with all the accomplishment expected today- love this sly group!
Published on March 27, 2011 by Elu
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