Music at Mars Hill: Father John Misty and the Myths He's Written

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Drummer Josh Tillman had always been the sarcastic and slightly crude member of the otherwise seemingly serious and heavenly indie folk group Fleet Foxes. So when I heard Tillman was finally leaving the band to focus on his own solo material as as songwriter and singer, I was curious to see how much of the band's wide-eyed worldview would stay … [Read more...]

The Search for Meaning in Helplessness Blues

Despite all the big releases that have come out in the indie music world in these last couple months (Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver, etc.), I have to say that I am still happily stuck on Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues. The album finds the band maturing both as musicians and songwriters, but also reveals a deep, spiritual probing in the lyrics. In many ways, the focus of the album seems to be on asking questions rather than discovering answers. Even musically, the songs begin and end abruptly … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Fleet Foxes and The Antlers

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead and Drew Dixon of signs of common grace in the music world.  We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention.  Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Drew's Picks of the week:Fleet FoxesNPR is streaming Fleet Foxes new album Helplessness Blues which comes out Tuesday. If you liked th … [Read more...]