Robin Pecknold brings light to the bleakest of winters with Fleet Foxes' 'A Very Lonely Solstice,' a 13-track career spanning collection recorded in December 2020, at Brooklyn, NY's St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. Now being released for the first time on vinyl, CD and digital formats, 'A Very Lonely Solstice' captures a poignant moment in time. The recording was originally broadcasted as a live-stream event on the winter solstice of 2020, just days after New York declared a state of emergency tightening restrictions again in response to increasing COVID-19 cases. Pecknold describes the set as "me by myself on the longest night of the year... honoring the loneliness of 2020 with a nylon string and some songs new and old." Fans worldwide tuned in while quarantined at home, finding solace and a sense of community in a period of extreme isolation. Much of 'A Very Lonely Solstice' showcases a solo focus on Pecknold who offers up acoustic arrangements of fan-favorite songs spanning Fleet Foxes' catalog. Selections cover all four of the band's studio albums, including their 2008 self-titled debut album ("Tiger Mountain Peasant Song") to 2011's Helplessness Blues ("Blue Spotted Tail") and 2017's Crack-Up ("If You Need To, Keep Time On Me"), all the way to their latest release, Shore. Resistance Revival Chorus joins Pecknold on Shore tracks "Wading In Waist-High Water" and "Can I Believe You." Also featured: a cover of Nina Simone's "In The Morning" and a rearrangement of the traditional "Silver Dagger."
1 Wading in Waist-High Water (Solstice Version)
2 Sunblind (Solstice Version)
3 In the Morning (Solstice Version)
4 Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Solstice Version)
5 Maestranza (Solstice Version)
6 Helplessness Blues (Solstice Version)
7 Silver Dagger (Solstice Version)
8 Featherweight (Solstice Version)
9 A Long Way Past the Past (Solstice Version)
10 Blue Spotted Tail (Solstice Version)
11 If You Need to, Keep Time on Me (Solstice Version)
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Seattle's five-piece Fleet Foxes traffic in baroque harmonic pop on this, their self-titled full-length debut. They draw influences from the traditions of folk, pop, choral, gospel, sacred harp singing, West Coast music, traditional music from Ireland to Japan, film scores, and their peers from the Northwest. The subject matter ranges from the natural world and familial bonds to bygone loves and stone cold graves. Fleet Foxes is a supremely crafted and confident affair produced by the famous Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, The Shins).
A1 Sun It Rises A2 White Winter Hymnal A3 Ragged Wood A4 Tiger Mountain Peasant Song A5 Quiet Houses A6 He Doesn't Know Why
B1 Heard Them Stirring B2 Your Protector B3 Meadowlarks B4 Blue Ridge Mountains B5 Oliver James
Sun Giant EP C1 Sun Giant C2 Drops In The River C3 English House
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Includes poster. 2021 release, the fourth album from Fleet Foxes. The band's Robin Pecknold shares, "Shore feels like a relief, like you'd feel when your feet finally hit sand after getting caught in a riptide. It's a celebration of life in the face of death, honoring our lost musical heroes, from David Berman to John Prine to Judee Sill to Bill Withers, embracing the joy and solace they brought to our lives and honoring their memory. Shore is an object levitating between the magnetic fields of the past and the future." The album was recorded in upstate New York at Aaron Dessner's Long Pond Studio, in Paris at Studios St. Germain, in Los Angeles at the legendary Vox, in Long Island City at Diamond Mine, and New York City's Electric Lady.