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Boomkat Product Review:
Easily one of the most exciting bands to emerge in 2008 (although technically their first EP debuted in 2006, but who actually heard that at the time?) Fleet Foxes deliver 'Sun Giant' as a prelude to their forthcoming full-length, and it's utterly bewitching. The reverberating, exquisitely tight-knit harmonies that shape the a cappella title track really stop you dead in your tracks. Aside from how immaculate the ensemble vocal performances are, the song itself is just spine-tinglingly beautiful. Next, 'Drops In The River' fires up with a full instrumental backing, sounding a little like The Band or perhaps Crosby, Stills & Nash, but ultimately, not imitating anyone else specifically. These songs are far too baroque and outside-the-box to be classified as plain old folk-rock, but otherwise it's hard to make an accurate account for exactly what it is Fleet Foxes do. It's not that the Seattle quintet use a radically different vocabulary to other guitar bands, but rather that their sound is something very specific - the sort of thing that once heard will remain instantly recognisable, and none of these five magnificent songs are easily compared to anything else currently in indie-dom. Even when the band is reduced to a one-man acoustic guitar and voice setup, as on the closing 'Innocent Son', they manage to carve out their own corner in that most generic of formats, but it's when Fleet Foxes are in full voice that they really come into their own, and 'Mykonos' exemplifies their brilliance in full. It's effectively two great songs in one, making a switch halfway through, while those monumentally powerful vocal harmonies lead the way. Apparently the album is due out next month, but after hearing such remarkable promise in this EP, the wait will be excruciating. Sun Giant comes with the highest conceivable recommendation.