Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Take a listen to the title track from Helplessness Blues, the Phil Ek and Fleet Foxes-produced followup to 2008′s self-titled full-length debut. The sound’s familiar, welcome.

Helplessness Blues is out 5/3 via Sub Pop/Bella Union. Around that time the band’s heading out on their first North American since August 2009:

04/30 – Vancouver BC @ The Vogue Theatre
05/01 – Portland OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/03 – Seattle WA @ Moore Theatre
05/05 – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater
05/06 – San Diego CA @ Spreckels Theatre
05/07 – Hollywood CA @ Hollywood Palladium
05/08 – Tucson AZ @ Rialto Theatre
05/10 – Austin TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05/11 – Dallas TX @ Palladium Ballroom
05/13i – Nashville TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/14 – Atlanta GA @ The Tabernacle
05/15 – Washington DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
05/17 – Boston MA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/18 – New York NY @ The United Palace Theatre
05/21 – Upper Darby PA @ Tower Theatre

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Comments (38)
  1. Beautiful! Can’t wait for the album. It’s been too long!

  2. Beautiful song, but I have to subtract points for the rhyming of “self” with “shelf”.

  3. was slightly worried when i heard the first couple of introspective lines but it pulls through. good song.

  4. I’m not really a huge fan. I’m still incredibly excited for this album though.

  5. Great song. Also love the album artwork.

  6. Yeah, that first verse feels Conor Oberst in his underpants.

    But they bring it together rull good. Nice song. Damn solid.

  7. Big thumbs up to this song and the artwork. I am incredibly excited for this new album.

  8. Production is top-notch as I thought it would be. So excited for this!!

  9. Lacks the ‘arcane’ feel of their earlier material. Modern sounding attempt at a pop song.

  10. That ‘arcane’ feel is what distinguishes them from My Morning Jacket.

    • I know hyperbole is the most common device used in internet posts, but that is an odd comparison to make.

      Anyway, I enjoy this one and I am looking forward to May. Winter 2011 has had two excellent releases already (Smith Westerns, Destroyer) and spring is looking to be amazing, too (Panda Bear, Fleet Foxes).

  11. A roaring success. Makes me regret listening to so much noise.

  12. Sounds like springtime.

  13. Of course their sound is a bit more evolved, but I believe it’s still great. I agree about the beginning though. It doesn’t leave anything to be desired, but it quickly changes gears.
    Utter anticipation until May 3rd!!

  14. Wow somebody went downvote happy.

    Sounds exactly like Fleet Foxes to me, which is a very good thing.

  15. Not too crazy about it, but having heard live versions of some new stuff, I know this album will be amazing.

  16. Ugh I love how the tour dates just skip over the entire midwest yet play 4 shows within the same area of the NE coast.

  17. Wow $50 for tickets after service fees. I like FF a lot, but it’s hard to justify that

  18. it definitley has a simon and garfunkel “america” vibe to it….and i mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

  19. wow. what a gorgeous song. i’ll admit the opening lyrics had me a bit worried… but man, this thing just takes off.

  20. so excited after hearing this. love the artwork!

  21. Lyrics are frightening me. Let’s hope it’s just the one they are releasing early for the masses, and the album goes back to how things were, meadowlarks and such.

  22. For me, the artwork and sound just scream THIS WOULD BE AWESOME ON VINYL! And I’m sure it will be!!

  23. A more storytelling, more lyrical, more woodstock”ing”- sound. Can’t wait for the LP. In Europe we won’t wait that long, the realease is scheduled on the 29th of april ;)

  24. Pretty enough, but I don’t think it has really any ‘wow’ factor. His voice is just a great voice and can make almost anything sound amazing. The lyrics border on postal service freckles are constellations territory. Interested to hear more but not excited.

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