Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fleet Foxes Finally Take Away
Fleet Foxes - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.
It seems as though Vincent Moon's Take Away Shows were made for Fleet Foxes. The music videos highlight a band's raw, acoustic, vocal and playing abilities, of which the Foxes have plenty. Songs such as "White Winter Hymnal," "Ragged Wood," and "Heard Them Stirring" off their self-titled debut, capture the pure vocal and harmonica talents of the band members -- this Take Away Show must have been simple for them: just play a live show.
"Blue Ridge Mountain" is the song of choice. Here, the breathtaking A Capella harmonies are accentuated by the cavernous sound of high ceilings and the barren landscape in which they recorded: Grand Palais, in Paris. The reverberations transform the performance into an attention demanding romp, all the more mystical at times when coupled with the setting. The five band members become an unrestrained, musical force at the hands of the room's resonant features -- their sound populating the empty space. Moon's circular camera work around frontman Robin Pecknold gives the feeling of being spellbound, rightly induced by this performance.