Fleet Foxes

Listen To Fleet Foxes' New Album on NPR

Fleet Foxes' noble new album Helplessness Blues is out on Sub Pop on May 3 (and on Bella Union in the UK on May 2), but you can listen to the album streaming now via NPR.

You can listen to the album here. The blues seem to define the making of the album as well; the recording and mixing of Helplessness Blues was apparently a long and arduous process, according to the band's own official biography.

"I could get into it, but basically it took a long time due to illness, scheduling, creative doubt, reassessment, rewriting, new songs being written," writes frontman Robin Pecknold for Sub Pop. "It was at times difficult to make this record. We ended up mixing at Avast in Seattle in December of 2010, with the record finally finished, even though we were recording vocals and guitar and rewriting lyrics up to the 11th hour. Not even the 11th, more like the 13th. So here we are, almost three years after the first album, finally done with the second one."

Fleet Foxes launch a North American tour in Vancouver on April 29 and will arrive in New York for two dates, May 18-19, at United Palace Theatre.

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