If Fleet Foxes represents the post-Napster generations reclamation and reimagining of wide eyed 60s folk mysticism and the lyrical American pastoral, FF frontman Robin Pecknold is the thing itself. Functioning as a living fakebook of classic American folk-rock, Pecknolds solo work (frequently performed under the moniker White Antelope) doesnt put much stock in creation, instead preferring to pay homage through subtle reworkings of timeless classics such as Dylans It Aint Me Babe. Fleet Foxes proclivity toward baroque embellishment is strikingly absent in Pecknolds solo material, both by design and delivery. Its hard to craft elaborate song structures complete with contrapuntal harmonies when youre creating songs for voice and acoustic guitar. Besides the physical limitations, Pecknold seems intent on a sparser sound with this material, focusing on the essential elements of a song, rather than on its sonic possibilities. Distillation is a tricky thing, though; when everything else is evaporated off, the resulting spirit is subject to heightened scrutiny. Picking such iconic artists for his solo oeuvre is, in that regard, a risky venture with huge promise. With Throw Me The Statue.
Sat., July 11, 8 p.m., 2009