NPR: Stream New Fleet Foxes, The Antlers Albums

April 25, 2011 Blog, Blurbs has a feature called “First Listen” wherein you can preview upcoming albums. Currently available for stream are Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues and The Antlers Burst Apart


The making of Helplessness Blues — out May 3 — was a long and painstaking process. After coming off a seemingly endless tour last fall, Fleet Foxes entered into recording sessions that were fraught with second-guessing and a lack of consensus. Multiple songs were re-recorded; the entire album had to be mixed twice…

Fortunately for The Antlers, this unscripted approach worked. While Hospice was a carefully plotted album with a unifying theme — Silberman’s elegy to a dying friend — the new Burst Apart is a collection of discrete songs that sound great together but aren’t bound by a particular concept…


Head over to “First Listen” at and enjoy.