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Editor’s Picks: Third of May / Odaigahara

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By Brad Brown

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Six years after releasing “Helplessness Blues,” one of Seattle’s most successful bands of this decade—Fleet Foxes—returns with a lead single, “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” for their upcoming album release. This single gives a refreshing taste of the harmony-laden folk genius that we’ve sorely missed over the years, and it provides a glimpse into a new, grandly proggy nine minute song structure that we are unaccustomed to. Lead singer Robin Pecknold did us a service in annotating a number of the lyrics on Genius, giving insight into the song’s title and putting meaning behind the imagery. Fleet Foxes will release “Crack-Up” on June 16, and this song will have to hold us over until then.

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