photo by Jim Bennett
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes from the 2008 self-titled album on Sub Pop.
Whether you listen to Fleet Foxes because you’ve always listened to Fleet Foxes or because some blog/website told you to, chances are you’re hooked. With awe-inspiring harmonies and chest-swelling melodies, the Seattle quintet is at the top of the field on just their first try. When we last gave them Song of the Day honors back in November, viewable here, their tour itinerary didn’t go beyond the Pacific Northwest. What a difference a few months can make. They just returned from an insanely successful European tour and are looking at one sold out show after another as they go forward. And fans aren’t the only ones singing their praises; Wilco has invited the Fleet Foxes to open several dates as they tour the Northwest in August. Most bands are probably wary of setting the bar this high on their initial release, but Fleet Foxes have youth, vigor and a sincere grasp of beautiful melodies and listenable ingenuity. Lucky for the band’s hometown crowd, we get to enjoy two of their summer festival appearances: the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Show 7/12 and at the Capitol Hill Block Party 7/26. Check out their MySpace page as they are likely coming to a venue near you within the next couple months. Also be on the look out for a video created by singer Robin Pecknold’s brother Sean, supposedly to be completed sometime this week. The following video highlights just one of many classic performances of
White Winter Hymnal, this one from the Pitchfork Party at this year’s SXSW: