New Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”

Oh, happy day. We get to share some Fleet Foxes with you. If you were a Stereogum reader way back in March of 2008, you probably remember the gushfest that went down after the Sub Pop troupe’s Bowery Ballroom triumph, so there’s little more to add to that lot aside from, well, we are still crushing on that night, the Sun Giant EP, and every second of the forthcoming, self-titled full-length. “White Winter Hymnal” is where we start on the MP3 front and If you pick up on a trace of Jim James, or the Band or CSNY, or more contemporary psych-folk (say, in the harmonies) … good ears, they are there and sure, let them simmer a bit. But don’t hold on to them too tightly; the Foxes take those touchstones and cycle through for something reverent yet new, much deserving it’s own dusty, bearded corner in your music collection.

Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal” (MP3)

Our favorite discovery of 2008, without question. Fleet Foxes is out 6/3 on Sub Pop. And yes they’re rich on record, but they are transformative LIVE. So if you’re anywhere near Seattle, check ‘em at Sub Pop’s SP20 anniversary show … of hop a flight to the UK:

04/17 – Vancouver, Canada @ Media Club
04/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/19 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
04/25 – Bellingham, WA @ WWU – Underground
05/24 – George, WA (Sasquatch! Festival)
05/30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
06/02 – Paris, France @ La Fleche
06/03 – Brussles, Belgium @ Botanique
06/04 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
06/05 – Berlin, Germany @ Cafe Zapata
06/09 – Brighton, UK @ Audio
06/10 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
06/11 – London, UK @ Barfly, University of London
06/12 – Nottingham, UK @ Social
06/14 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
06/15 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social
06/17 – Manchester, UK @ Road House
06/18 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
07/19 – Chicago, IL (Pitchfork Music Festival)

And now to exhaust the legal limits of our album previewability, here’s tracklist and art.

01 “Sun It Rises”
02 “White Winter Hymnal”
03 “Ragged Wood”
04 “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”
05 “Quiet Houses”
06 “He Doesn’t Know Why”
07 “Heard Them Stirring”
08 “Your Protector”
09 “Meadowlarks”
10 “Blue Ridge Mountains”
11 “Oliver James”

‘Til Pitchfork Fest.

UPDATE: Actually, not even that long. There’s a Daytrotter session up. Grab it.

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