PHILADELPHIA, PA – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names Fleet Foxes as its August Artist To Watch. Host David Dye will present the first of the month’s on-air segments on Friday, August 1 in the 4 p.m. hour.
Describing their music as "baroque harmonic pop," Seattle-based Fleet Foxes are expanding the boundaries of modern music by carving their own, timeless path through the endless shuffle of up-and-coming indie artists. The five-piece's eponymous debut LP, released by Sub Pop in June 2008, features eleven tracks of music which are remarkably their own, despite their having borrowed styles from many before them. What sets them apart, however, is the sheer number and variety of those they've borrowed from – as well as their place in time. When asked their influences, the young musicians cite favorites of their parents' generation – CS&N, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel – alongside old English and Appalachian folk songs and traditional world music. These palpable influences blend in Fleet Foxes to create a sound unlike any of the group's peers, seeming to rise from some clearing in a placeless mythical wood to emerge as one of the most exciting and intriguing new artists of the year.
"The Fleet Foxes harmonic brilliance evoke a warm and traditionalist rock and roll emotion created by bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash, 'Surf's Up'-era Beach Boys, and the baroque melodicism of bands like The Left Banke and The Hollies," said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "Not bad for a bunch of indie-rockers from a music scene that gave birth to grunge. Peaceful, easy feeling indeed."
WXPN Music Director Dan Reed said, "Beautiful harmonies, great song ideas – it doesn't take too long to recognize that Fleet Foxes have something very interesting happening."
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The XPN Artists To Watch series reflects WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN 2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.