Sun Giant

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Sun Giant EP
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EP by Fleet Foxes
Released April 8, 2008
Recorded Bear Creek Studios, Woodinville, Washington; Stuart Hollerman's Avasti Studio; Fleet Foxes' house
Genre Indie folk, baroque pop, folk rock
Length 18:50
Label Bella Union
Sub Pop
Producer Phil Ek
Fleet Foxes chronology
Fleet Foxes (EP)
(2006)
Sun Giant (EP)
(2008)
Fleet Foxes
(2008)
Singles from Fleet Foxes
  1. "Mykonos"
    Released: January 27, 2009 (UK) / May 5, 2009 (US)

Sun Giant is the second EP by Seattle-based indie folk band Fleet Foxes. It was released on April 8, 2008, on Bella Union and Sub Pop. The EP was named the #1 album of the year by Pitchfork Media in conjunction with their debut LP, Fleet Foxes.[1]

While the EP was released prior to their debut album, Fleet Foxes, the songs on Sun Giant were recorded after those that feature on their full-length album. The band stated that the EP was pressed so that they had something to sell on tour, and clarified that the music was not indicative of their ambitions.[2] Sun Giant was in fact originally intended to be a tour only release, but demand from fans led to its official release.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robin Pecknold

No. Title Length
1. "Sun Giant"   2:14
2. "Drops in the River"   4:13
3. "English House"   4:41
4. "Mykonos"   4:35
5. "Innocent Son"   3:07

Personnel[edit]

The liner notes state that: "We all played many an instrument. An itemized and individual list would be egotistical and tiresome"[4]

  • Robin Pecknold - [lead] vocals, various instruments [uncredited: guitar]
  • Skyler Skjelset - various instruments [uncredited: lead guitar, mandolin, vocals]
  • Casey Wescott - various instruments [uncredited: piano, keyboards, vocals]
  • Christian Wargo - various instruments [uncredited: bass, guitar, vocals]
  • Nicholas Peterson - various instruments [uncredited: drums, percussion, vocals]
  • Phil Ek - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Ed Brooks - mastering

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[6]
The Independent 5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[8]
Robert Christgau (dud)[9]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 3/4 stars[11]

Critical[edit]

Billboard said that the EP featured "harmony-rich songs more in keeping with Crosby, Stills & Nash, a welcome turn away from the agitated dance-rock still so prominent in the indie world."[12] Rolling Stone gave the EP three-out-of-four stars, and said that "with ramshackle rising-and-falling guitars, CSNY-style harmonies and the occasional mandolin plink, this five-track EP will make you pine for summer in the country," although the magazine said their song-writing was a bit thin.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Pitchfork Media. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  2. ^ Gill, Andy (2008-04-25). "Album: Fleet Foxes, Sun Giant (Bella Union)". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Interview With Fleet Foxes A&R Sue Busch", HitQuarters, 4 May 2009.
  4. ^ Sun Giant liner notes
  5. ^ allmusic review
  6. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  7. ^ The Independent review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Fleet Foxes". Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  11. ^ a b Endelman, Michael (April 17, 2008), "Sun Giant EP". Rolling Stone (1050):65
  12. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (April 12, 2008), "Sun Giant". Billboard. 120 (15):42