Quiet Air / Gioia

The Seattle, Washington, USA band Fleet Foxes formed in 2006 and took a four-year hiatus (2013-2016) while lead singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold pursued an undergraduate degree. After regrouping and producing Crack-Up in 2017, they released their fourth album, Shore, on the autumnal equinox, September 22, 2020.

Today I’ve been listening to several tracks from the album. I don’t know much about the band, but I have been intrigued by them and their sound since hearing Pecknold disassemble their song “Mearcstapa” a couple of years ago in an episode of the Song Exploder podcast.

The band’s music, categorized as folk-rock, has a mystical, mysterious quality that seems consistent across the years, or at least in anything I’ve sampled by them.

Shore is an extensive work made up of 18 songs, and each one has been posted as a YouTube lyric video within a playlist on the band’s official channel. Each video comes complete with a brief visual loop overlaid with the song title and a plant/flower name (plus the associated symbolic meaning) and, in the notes sections, full production credits and official lyrics. I was pretty impressed at the level of detail and creativity used to present these songs.

Many reviewers and commenters feel the album is a perfect one for the time we live in right now, with the continuous contrast of light and dark, joy and sorrow, confidence and fear.

I was drawn to the quick, catchy beat, melody, instrumentation and stunning production of the song “Quiet Air / Gioia” and decided to share that one with you here today. (The Internet tells me “gioia” is Italian for joy or gladness, though it’s unclear how this relates to the song; the lyrics are, like the band’s sound — mysterious.)

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from Fleet Foxes’ official YouTube channel:

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