Fleet Foxes took 2011 by storm with the release of Helplessness Blues, ending the year at the top of nearly every “best of” list thanks to the album’s gorgeous harmonies, sweet melodies and bespoken lyrics. They came through D.C. twice, and anyone who was at their Merriweather Pavilion will attest that it was a borderline spiritual experience. Hell, they even spawned a group that solely covers songs in their unique style.
Frontman Robin Pecknold released a new demo yesterday titled “Olivia, In A Separate Bed,” on which the 25 year old delves deeps into the last days of a relationship with a girl (presumably Olivia). You can certainly hear Pecknold’s main influence, Bob Dylan, in his storytelling. It’s a nice taste for fans who have been craving something new. We’ll have to wait and see how the band’s style evolves with the absence of drummer/percussionist Joshua Tillman, who left the band earlier this year. Based on this solo effort, however, I would expect more of those entrancing arrangements that have made Fleet Foxes’ sound so recognizable.
STREAM: Robin Pecknold – “Olivia, In A Separate Bed”