Fleet Foxes: Sun Giant

Label: Sub Pop

Release Date: April 8, 2008

This EP is both a warm up for the upcoming Fleet Foxes LP and a declaration of who they are, which is a musically more interesting version of the My Morning Jacket formula. All the atmospheric dude vocals are present, even the same vocal affectations, but musically this EP, song for song, is not mired in the Jim James songwriting formula, i.e., long assed stoned jams that don’t really work as stoner jams (i.e., not headphone friendly). Country rock, alt-country heavy (not light), the Fleet Foxes execute a totally listenable & extremely interesting counterpoint to a band that most seem to think wrote the book on modern CSN&Y rock. I love the balls, too. The Fleet Foxes are essentially 3M to the My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses school. They take what they do and do it better.

John Whitaker

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