White Winter Hymnal

Hailing from Seattle and signed to the cred-dispensing Sub Pop label, Fleet Foxes not only has a really cute name that’s fun to say, they have current and former members of such noteworthy indie groups as Crystal Skulls and Pedro the Lion. What’s better, they hate hippies. Which is a strange position to take considering how, well, acoustic and earthy their music sounds. Their song “White Winter Hymnal,” off their recently released self-titled album, sounds like a bunch of dudes who haven’t bathed in a while sitting around, making with the tunes. As the song moves through its harmonies, it gains a warmth and openness that melts all previous reference to a snowy winter. A wistful, almost lounge-y piano line closes the song, which, in addition to the beautiful cover art taken from Bruegel the Elder, proves Fleet Foxes are indeed a class act.

TMN Editor Erik Bryan is living the dream. He grew up in Florida, but he’s from all over. He likes playing chess, making cocktails, smarting off, and not freezing to death in Brooklyn, where he currently resides. More by Erik Bryan

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