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Fleet Foxes search for 'one melodic voice'

Fleet Foxes search for 'one melodic voice'

Toward the end of 2009, Fleet Foxes' lead singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold was offered a solo slot on Joanna Newsom's tour. As a fan of the progressive, indie harpist, Pecknold considered it an easy decision.

The difficult part was figuring out what songs he'd play without the other five members of his band.

Fleet Foxes had been touring with the same set of songs from its "Sun Giant" EP and self-titled album, and Pecknold wanted to write new songs for the Newsom tour. The challenge was to create bare-bones songs outside of Fleet Foxes' lush aesthetic of heavily layered vocals and grandiose instrumentation, the Seattle group's comfort folk...