Monsters of Folk – comprised of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward – will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd. Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band.
Tickets are on sale for the supergroup’s Bay Area performance on October 17 at The Fox Theater in Oakland. Though I’m not sure how smart it was to schedule a performance during The Treasure Island Festival.
Artist: Fleet Foxes Album: Fleet Foxes File Under: Indie Folk Rock Recommended if You Like: Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Band of Horses, The Dodos, My Morning Jacket Featured Track: White Winter Hymnal
For those of you who follow music, this is probably not a new band for you; but those of you who don’t, you must add this one to your collection. The reaction I had to this Seattle-based quintet the first time I heard them was similar to my first experience with Bon Iver – wow!
I had to the good fortune to see them at SXSW this year while killing time before the Helio Sequence show. (I just love serendipity.) I remember being overwhelmed by the myriad of instruments they had on stage – acoustic and electric guitars, tom drums, mandolins, bass pedals, organs, dulcimers- all overlaid with the most beautiful, harmonious vocals I’ve ever heard. The band clearly pays homage to their folk rock influences, but they do not get lost in it. They synthesize a broad spectrum of styles and sounds into their own. A classic for sure.