Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (2011) album cover.
Episode 18

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (2011)

We gush and fawn over Robin Pecknold's lyrics and song composition as we dive into Fleet Foxes' second album Helplessness Blues. We also take a look at what makes Fleet Foxes stand out in the landscape of indie-folk from that era.

Episode Tracklist

  • Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  • Cass McCombs - "Bum Bum Bum"
  • The Tallest Man On Earth - "Leading Me Now"
  • Fleet Foxes - "Montezuma"
  • Fleet Foxes - "Sim Sala Bim"
  • Fleet Foxes - "The Plains / Bitter Dancer"
  • Fleet Foxes - "The Shrine / An Argument"

Sidetrack: Roy Harper - "The Same Old Rock" (1971)

In this week's Sidetrack we take a look at an album that Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold drew inspiration from and had on heavy rotation while writing songs for Helplessness Blues. Roy Harper's four song masterpiece, Stormcock, is this short and sweet, intensely beautiful & clever album (to borrow sentiments from Johnny Marr), along with other works by Harper, had a major influence on many of rock's most legendary members, including Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend, and Pink Floyd, among others.