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Fleet Foxes fills The Anthem in Washington D.C. with gorgeous, ethereal sound (with Amen Dunes)

Fleet Foxes continue to be one of, if not the most popular indie folk band, and their tour for their most recent album, Crack-Up, did not disappoint. They seemed to be right at home in their first visit to DC’s newest music venue as they filled the spacious venue with their iconic ethereal sound.

The opening act, Amen Dunes, is a project headed by Damon McMahon that began in 2006. Their set, though brief, did a good job of setting the mood for the evening with some Indie Folk/Indie Pop songs. Their songs had a similar feel to that of Fleet Foxes, but with more of an emphasis on the pop and synthetic elements. Amen Dunes are touring with the release of their fourth full length album, Freedom, which came out a few weeks ago.

Amen Dunes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes are on the back half of their North American tour before heading to Europe in July. However, they showed no signs of fatigue as they put on a lengthy performance showcasing work from all three of their full length albums. Their most recent album, Crack-Up, came out about a year ago in June of 2017. Their sound has developed slightly but they stay true to the Indie Folk/Folk Rock sound which brought them to fame with the release of their self-titled album in 2008. The crowd was filled with many dedicated fans and they were satisfied as the Foxes made sure to cover all of the classics.

Fleet Foxes have a distinctly airy and delicate sound to their music and though this varies from song to song, it was present throughout most of the concert. The crowd felt almost as if they were being taken on a journey with Robin Pecknold and his soothing vocals guiding them throughout aided by incredible and diverse instrumentation from his bandmates. The narrative was also created as they didn’t really stop between songs and instead allowed the songs to blend and flow into each other.

One of the most remarkable aspects of their live performances is seeing how they achieve the sound they put out on their albums. While listening at home it often feels like they are backed by a full orchestra in order to achieve their ethereal sound. However, live it is a five-person band of equally talented and versatile musicians. Each musician played at least two different instruments throughout the performance, sometimes two at once when one band member played both the keys and the mandolin in the same song. The dynamic use of instruments throughout the show not only exemplified how they are able to achieve their sound; it also was engaging as the audience tried to keep up with who played what.

One of the songs which stood out was “The Shrine / An Argument” from their second album which is an eight-minute piece. Fleet Foxes are no stranger to lengthy songs as many of their songs from their most recent album are over five minutes. This song in particular has an incredible range of emotion and when performed live it showed the talent and range of ability of Pecknold and his bandmates. The other song which stood out was “Helplessness Blues”, which is one of their most popular songs. It was played as part of the encore and began with Pecknold front and center singing along with his acoustic guitar, but it quickly developed into a much fuller orchestral sound which overwhelmed the audience for the final song of the night.

Their live performance emphasized the skill, talent and thoughtfulness which goes into crafting these absolutely gorgeous songs which have charmed audiences since 2008. Though they may have not had incredible stage presence they were able to engage the audience through the sheer beauty of their music. The Anthem is a by no means a small venue, but through their gorgeous and intimate sound Fleet Foxes were able to transport the audience into a much more personal environment.

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Gavin Derleth
Gavin currently goes to school in Washington D.C., studying Political Science and Geography. He enjoys coffee, biking, and spending way too much of his time listening to music.

Fleet Foxes fills The Anthem in Washington D.C. with gorgeous, ethereal sound (with Amen Dunes)

Fleet Foxes continue to be one of, if not the most popular indie folk band, and their tour for their most recent album, Crack-Up, did not disappoint. They seemed to be right at home in their first visit to DC’s newest music venue as they filled the spacious venue with their iconic ethereal sound.

The opening act, Amen Dunes, is a project headed by Damon McMahon that began in 2006. Their set, though brief, did a good job of setting the mood for the evening with some Indie Folk/Indie Pop songs. Their songs had a similar feel to that of Fleet Foxes, but with more of an emphasis on the pop and synthetic elements. Amen Dunes are touring with the release of their fourth full length album, Freedom, which came out a few weeks ago.

Amen Dunes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes are on the back half of their North American tour before heading to Europe in July. However, they showed no signs of fatigue as they put on a lengthy performance showcasing work from all three of their full length albums. Their most recent album, Crack-Up, came out about a year ago in June of 2017. Their sound has developed slightly but they stay true to the Indie Folk/Folk Rock sound which brought them to fame with the release of their self-titled album in 2008. The crowd was filled with many dedicated fans and they were satisfied as the Foxes made sure to cover all of the classics.

Fleet Foxes have a distinctly airy and delicate sound to their music and though this varies from song to song, it was present throughout most of the concert. The crowd felt almost as if they were being taken on a journey with Robin Pecknold and his soothing vocals guiding them throughout aided by incredible and diverse instrumentation from his bandmates. The narrative was also created as they didn’t really stop between songs and instead allowed the songs to blend and flow into each other.

One of the most remarkable aspects of their live performances is seeing how they achieve the sound they put out on their albums. While listening at home it often feels like they are backed by a full orchestra in order to achieve their ethereal sound. However, live it is a five-person band of equally talented and versatile musicians. Each musician played at least two different instruments throughout the performance, sometimes two at once when one band member played both the keys and the mandolin in the same song. The dynamic use of instruments throughout the show not only exemplified how they are able to achieve their sound; it also was engaging as the audience tried to keep up with who played what.

One of the songs which stood out was “The Shrine / An Argument” from their second album which is an eight-minute piece. Fleet Foxes are no stranger to lengthy songs as many of their songs from their most recent album are over five minutes. This song in particular has an incredible range of emotion and when performed live it showed the talent and range of ability of Pecknold and his bandmates. The other song which stood out was “Helplessness Blues”, which is one of their most popular songs. It was played as part of the encore and began with Pecknold front and center singing along with his acoustic guitar, but it quickly developed into a much fuller orchestral sound which overwhelmed the audience for the final song of the night.

Their live performance emphasized the skill, talent and thoughtfulness which goes into crafting these absolutely gorgeous songs which have charmed audiences since 2008. Though they may have not had incredible stage presence they were able to engage the audience through the sheer beauty of their music. The Anthem is a by no means a small venue, but through their gorgeous and intimate sound Fleet Foxes were able to transport the audience into a much more personal environment.

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

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