He Doesn't Know Why
Label: Sub Pop Records
Astute students of tradition, Fleet Foxes take inspiration from folk, pop, Celtic, gospel and sacred harp singing to create harmonic bursts of heartfelt precision. Sounding like Mother Nature's sons, they sing of valleys, mountains and hummingbirds while running through forests of lush guitars, tom-toms, bass, organs, mandolins and dulcimers. "Ragged Wood" and "Your Protector" have them chasing after the perfect trifecta of huge melodies, crescendos and harmonies, while the poignant "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and "Meadowlarks" slow things down to reveal these Foxes' charming fragility.