Turn me over, brothers, I am done enough on this side

Track of the Day: Fleet Foxes, The Shrine/An Argument (BBC Maida Vale Session). Plus a few words on Yeats.

My favorite among the Fleet Foxes songs from the sessions recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios (actually, among any of their recordings).  This one has a transcendent quality; everything is still for a little while when it ends.  For me, anyway.

I find myself charmed by the little inner reference to Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” it’s done sweetly and without pretentiousness.  There was a time when I was completely entranced by Yeats’ early poems, the more heavily scented with the faded flowers of pastoral Romanticism, the better: the hero Cuchulain, who-goes-with-Fergus, the small clay-and-wattle cabin by the lake whose waters lap in the deep heart’s core.  For me, the song captures some of the lush wistfulness of those poems.

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  1. Track of the Day: W. B. Yeats, “Who Goes With Fergus?” – Rose-TinteರೃMonocle

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