“Like the Faint Exquisite Music of a Dream”

Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes (2008)

Like the faint exquisite music of a dream;–
All was too much for him, too full of bliss:
The heart could nothing feel, that felt not this.
–Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore said it perfectly. I don’t know if I can adequately put this album into words. It has become one of my favorites when I’m in the mood for something mellow. The vocals captivate with pleasing harmonies while the folksy guitar flows over you as if it were water. Songs like “Ragged Wood” and “He Doesn’t Know Why” have a more upbeat rock feel which keep the album from becoming too depressing. While songs like “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”,  “Meadowlarks”, and “Heard Them Stirring” are rather solemn and reflective.

This group also has a couple of other songs I enjoy on their earlier Sun Giant EP: “Mykonos” and “English House.” I can’t help but hear the essence of Neil Young in “Mykonos” and it’s definitely worthy of a listen.

View Fleet Foxes on Amazon.

View Sun Giant EP on Amazon.