Eight minutes of storm and shadows which takes in 1960s British folk, free-jazz skronks, and a healthy dose of mystical, doomed romance.

The percussion is infrequent and crashing; the vocal harmonies are glowing in reverb; halfway through, an ambient drone collides with plucky banjo strumming, which then leads into atonal saxophone wanderings. Is “The Shrine / An Argument” the apogee of Fleet Foxes’ œuvre?

Taken from Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop / Bella Union, 2011).


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