Seattle, WA, indie folk-rock group Fleet Foxes has released a new video for “The Shrine/An Argument” off of its latest record, Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop), out earlier this year. Directed by lead singer Robin Pecknold’s brother Sean, the animated video goes well with the grand sound of the track, with bright sunny oranges and reds contrasted against the darkness of the animals that the video follows. Pecknold’s folksy voice soundtracks the desert landscape, looking almost like a Tim Burton-ized version of The Lion King, except the focus is on a gazelle type of animal rather than a Simba.
 

 
Mysterious hands pluck strings as the gazelle moves across the golden, arid terrain, coming across the staked heads of fellow animals, lapping up a bit of water from a pool and snatching another creature for a midday snack. The sun sets as the song turns heavy with crashing drums, cymbals and guitar as it enters the “An Argument” part of the track. Tribal figures dance around a fire, and the gazelle starts running from several predators, with the wind bringing down trees around him. A Beetlejuice-like, sandworm-looking thing goes in for the kill as the song reaches a crescendo. Our poor, defeated gazelle then slides into the sea and is fought over by some underwater dragons. Tough day.
 
The obviously time-consuming animation of the video pays off, working perfectly with the feel of “The Shrine/An Argument.” Fleet Foxes has tour dates in Europe, the U.K., Japan, Australia and New Zealand coming up. Check them out below.
 
Tour Dates For Fleet Foxes:
11/21 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex *
11/22 – Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son *
11/24 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27 *
11/25 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera, Primavera Club *
11/26 – Cartagena, Spain – Auditorio De Cartegena, Cartegena Jazz Festival *
11/27 – Barcelona, Spain – L’Auditori, Primavera Club *
11/29 – Amsterdam, Holland – Heineken Music Hall *
11/30 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National Club *
12/01 – Leeds, England – O2 Academy *
12/29 – Lorne, Australia, and Marion Bay, Australia – Falls Festival
12/30 – Lorne, Australia, and Marion Bay, Australia – Falls Festival
12/31 – Lorne, Australia, and Marion Bay, Australia – Falls Festival
01/02 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House
01/03 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House
01/04 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House
01/06 – Melbourne, Australia – Palais Theatre
01/07 – Busselton, Australia – Southbound Festival
01/08 – Busselton, Australia – Southbound Festival
01/10 – Brisbane, Australia – Tivoli
01/11 – Brisbane, Australia – Tivoli
01/13 – Wellington, New Zealand – Wellington Town Hall
01/14 – Auckland, New Zealand – Town Hall
01/17 – Osaka, Japan – Big Cat
01/18 – Nagoya, Japan – Club Quatro
01/20 – Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
* with Vetiver