It’s funny how every interview or article I’ve ever read about Fleet Foxes has made a point to mention that the Seattle-based band are NOT, in fact, hippies- despite their penchant for uncut hair and fully bearded chins. Physical appearance aside, it is pretty difficult to not associate their sundrenched, nature-lovin’ tunes with flower children of decades past:
See what I mean? In terms of other bands I love, I’d put Fleet Foxes as a hybrid of the folk-rock acoustic sounds of The Acorn or Plants & Animals, the harmonious vocals of Iron and Wine, and a little country twang a la Wilco. And speaking of the latter, Fleet Foxes aren’t doing much to dispel the hippie image with their recent collaboration with Wilco, which finds them teaming up to cover Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” in support of the upcoming American election: Vote!
Combining politics and acoustic guitars “on a summer’s night in Oregon” sounds pretty “Summer of Love”-esque to me, Fleet Foxes, so don’t think you’re fooling anyone. (Note: at the above link, you have to pledge to vote in the November election in order to get the link to the song. I figured that since us Canadians have an election of our own coming up in October, the pledge totally counts for us too.)
As the former tambourine player in a university production of Hair, I know a thing or two about hippies and I’ve gotta say: after listening to the rest of their debut album, it’s all a person can do to keep from sporting leather headbands and organizing sit-ins for peace – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now where is that tambourine…
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