Helplessness Blues

Arts & Crafts Mexico
Release date
3 May 2011
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Montezuma 3:37 336,011
2 Bedouin Dress 4:29 279,596
3 Sim Sala Bim 3:14 252,092
4 Battery Kinzie 2:49 265,074
5 The Plains / Bitter Dancer 5:53 203,728
6 Helplessness Blues 5:03 346,362
7 The Cascades 2:07 234,565
8 Lorelai 4:24 236,888
9 Someone You'd Admire 2:29 209,587
10 The Shrine / An Argument 8:07 196,877
11 Blue Spotted Tail 3:05 199,018
12 Grown Ocean 4:36 216,078

About this album

Helplessness Blues is the second studio album by Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes (release: May 02, 2011 on Bella Union) - leaked almost six weeks prior to the release).
Initially, Robin Pecknold had stated he would like the album to be released in 2009; however, the band’s touring schedule had caused them some setbacks. They got together to rehearse new songs in February 2009 in a rented house outside Seattle, but the sessions were mostly scrapped. As a result of those wasted sessions, the band lost $60,000 of their own money. After their tour in support of the 2008 releases ended, the band’s singer-songwriter mentioned the possibility of starting to record new songs, but Joshua Tillman, Fleet Foxes’ drummer and co-song arranger, was scheduled to play Europe and North America all along the 2009-10 winter as part of his solo musical act. Added to this, Philip Ek, the band’s producer and friend answered in an interview that he was likely to continue as the producer as Robin had already sent him some demos to start listening to. In an interview with Pitchfork, Pecknold stated he expected the album to be released sometime in the second half of 2010. The incredible care Pecknold put into the album was painstaking, creating turmoil in his personal relationships. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Pecknold admitted that his girlfriend of five years found the stress this album placed on their relationship too much, and ended things. Upon hearing the completed album, she realized that Pecknold’s efforts were worth it and they are working it out.

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