Fleet Foxes and The Walkmen at Henry Miller Library
September 12, 2011
Thanks to the Henry Miller Library and (((folkYEAH!))), big-time acts appearing in Big Sur has become a commonplace occurrence at this late stage of the summer.
On Sunday night, the trend continued with the vintage indie rock of The Walkmen, followed by a dynamic set, courtesy of Fleet Foxes (Photos by Stuart Thornton). Beach Boy Al Jardine was on hand to watch the Foxes, whose tight harmonies have often been compared to the Beach Boys.
Behind a screen of projected fractals and stars, the Seattle-based folk rockers, led by the bearded Robin Pecknold, played through a solid set of tunes from their recent Helplessness Blues and several songs from their self-titled, masterful debut.
As amazing and Big Sur-centric as Helplessness Blues is, the songs from the Foxes' first record—"White Winter Hymnal" and "Ragged Wood"—were the sell-out crowd's obvious favorites. There's something very enjoyable about hearing lyrics involving little creatures wearing scarves to keep their little heads from falling in the snow.