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Fleet Foxes hand out ‘Grown Ocean’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 4 May, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

To celebrate yesterday’s release of Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes have made the album’s closer ‘Grown Ocean’ available for free online.

This is a gesture of large generosity, considering the unbelievable quality of this song. To release the stand-out track on an already fantastic album is pretty good of them.

But we already known where Robin Pecknold stands when it comes to music’s value, thanks to NME’s very insightful article last month. Nahhhhtt.

So, if, for some crazy reason, you have ignored this album, give ‘Grown Ocean’ a listen, and you’ll beg for more. Amazon will be happy to oblige, though Pecknold would try to talk you out of paying for it.

Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean


Fleet Foxes – Battery Kinzie

Posted in News, Stream with tags , , , , , on 22 March, 2011 by Olivier

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues is surely one of the most anticipated albums of this year. The record comes out on May 2nd and the bearded Seattle-ites have treated us to a second track from the forth-coming record – Hotcakes previously brought you the LP’s title track back in January.

‘Battery Kinzie’ sounds more like the Fleet Foxes of 2008 when their self titled debut was caused quite the stir. Continue reading

Chapperdeemus’ Pre-emptive top 10 of 2011

Posted in Downloads, Features, Stream, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 14 February, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

Already preparing to eat these words, Hotcakes have come up with a pre-emptive top 10 albums list of 2011. This a ‘calling-it-early’ stab in the dark that will probably make us look like idiots come December, but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of speculation from time to time.

With 2011 taking shape quite nicely after a slow start, we have a number of firm releases in the pipeline to look forward to, as well as some strong rumours. Here’s our top 10:

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Fleet Foxes unveil new album and song

Posted in Downloads, News, Stream with tags , , , on 31 January, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

Fleet Foxes have been using the social networks to keep us up to date on their new album over the past 18 months, saying they’ve started, claiming it’s finished, retracting that claim, claiming they’re re-writing and basically keeping us all very unsure about its actual progress.

Well, we now have some definitive news from their Facebook page. Not only a release date, but a new track and title.

So, it’s out on May 3rd. It’s going to be a long 4 months to wait for this one. The above Facebook update is a bit ambiguous, but it appears that both the new track and the album itself is called ‘Helplessness Blues’ (that is so them).

Hear the track below, and check out their new tour dates here.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Chapperdeemus’s Top 20 songs of 2009

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 15 December, 2009 by Chapperdeemus

Here’s my list, it took a great deal of deliberating.

20. Dirty Projectors- Stillness Is The Move

19. MSTRKRFT- It Ain’t Love

18. HEALTH- Die Slow   [Download]

17. Spinnerette- Ghetto Love

16. The Prodigy- Omen

15. Biffy Clyro- That Golden Rule

14. Muse-  Uprising

13. Major Lazer- Pon de Floor

12. Passion Pit- Sleepyhead

11. Animal Collective- My Girls

10.  Them Crooked Vultures- No One Loves me and Neither Do I

When the Vultures released the first 16 seconds of this song as a teaser to the masses, I was not really impressed. It seemed really standard. But I was stupid to prejudge. Add the rest of the 5 minutes to this song and it is actually amazing. When the final part explodes at the end and Grohl sounds like he’s trying to break the drum kit he’s hitting it so hard, it is amazing.

9. The Horrors- Mirror’s Image

This song gets second place for sexiest bass line of the year. The moment I heard this song, I realised the Horrors were actually good, despite their first album.

8. Kasabian- Underdog

I first heard this song on that sony advert with Kaka, and I was loving the guitar riff. After a few views I was asking if anyone knew who the artist was, and the rest was history.

7. Grizzly Bear- Two Weeks

The best song on a brilliant album. the piano riff is amazing. I read on last FM some fool say that they had taken the riff from Dr Dre’s Still D.R.E. Wetters.

6. The Maccabees- Love You Better

Sentimentally means a lot to me this one.  Third sexiest bass line of the year here for me. And some of the best drumming. I’ve seen it live 3 times this year and it’s still not getting old.

5. Fleet Foxes- Mykonos

I love this song. It is definitely Fleet Foxes’ best one. The only reason why I’m not putting it even higher up is because it’s quite old now. Really it came out in 2008, but I put it in on a technicality because the single was released in 2009. It had to be in the list.

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Zero

It was a really tough choice to pick a song from this album. I only wanted one song per artist, otherwise ‘Hysteric’ and ‘Run Away’ would have been in the list too. I saw them live last week, and this was one of the last songs. It represents their amazing change of sound so well.

3. Arctic Monkeys- Crying Lightning

Another tough one to choose from their album. I could easily have put in ‘Dance Little Liar’ or ‘Pretty Visitors’ instead. I chose ‘Crying Lightning’ for the same reason I chose ‘Zero’, it encapsulates the whole brilliant album in the space of four minutes.

2. Bat For Lashes- Daniel   [Download]

Sexiest bass line of the year. Such a chilled out song,  yet so brilliant played very loud. ‘Daniel’ dominated my playlists over the spring. When I first heard it on the radio, I liked it, but neglected it for a while. I’m so relieved I made the effort to come back to it, because it reached number 2.

1. The Big Pink- Velvet

The first song that I heard from the duo, I loved it immediately. I first heard about the Big Pink when someone told me they were amazing in support of TV on the Radio. I gave them a go, before the ‘Dominoes’ days, and Velvet stood out from day one, and still does. It has a huge sound that I like to imagine would come from Pavarotti falling in a car crusher.

So there you have it. Honourable mentions should go to some songs that didn’t quite make the grade or that I left a little too late for me to consider them: Massive Attack’s ‘Pray For Rain’, Portishead’s ‘Chase the Tear’, Monsters of Folk’s ‘Whole Lot of Losin’, Seams’ ‘Nightcycles’ and Animal Collective’s ‘What would I want? Sky.’

Fleet Foxes start the process of ‘boring’ second album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7 December, 2009 by Chapperdeemus

Fleet Foxes have finally found the time to start their second album.

Having toured on and off for most of 2009, the Seattle based indie folk band  have finally had a couple of months to dedicate themselves to new material.

Lead singer Robin Pecknold however has said that he reckons the new album will not be so poppy and upbeat. Considering that they are pretty chilled out as it is (not a bad thing in the slightest), it will be really interesting to hear how they will sound.

It’s like, for example, the Prodigy saying they are going to do a new album with more of an electronic feel. State. The. Obvious.

Pecknold told Pitchfork: “I guess people think we’re already a mellow band, so maybe the next album will be pretty boring to most people.”

But on the plus side, Pecknold said that the recording will be a quick process with all of the mistakes kept in.

“I want the recording to be really fast. I want to do all the vocal takes in one go, so even if there are fuck-ups, I want them to be on there. I want there to be guitar mistakes. I want there to be not totally flawless vocals. I want to record it and have that kind of cohesive sound.”

That sounds pretty good, a record that will no doubt sound brilliant in a live environment as well then.

He also said he wants a bit more of a groove, a bit more repetition in their songs, almost as though they are sampling a riff. Maybe they are drawing a bit of inspiration from Monsters of Folk’s opening song to their album, “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)”.

He went on to explain that although it won’t be so upbeat, it still won’t be a dark album and will keep a positive vibe.

It’s expected to be out in the “early second half, or mid-second half” of 2010. Here’s an upbeat song of theirs to cling onto while you still can. Remember the days of their first album, because Pecknold has ruled out going down that road again. I still have faith.

Fleet Foxes- Blue Ridge Mountains

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