My iPod #495: Fleet Foxes – He Doesn’t Know Why

“He Doesn’t Know Why” was the second single released from by indie-folk band Fleet Foxes from their self-titled debut album in 2008.

A mid-tempo track with a general soothing atmosphere, choral church-like vocals and varied instrumentation, it is written from the point of a person whose brother has returned from who-knows-where, looking a very different person from what he was once before. The narrator is clearly concerned with the brother’s well-being and feels that the family will do anything to help him return to his ‘original mind’, but regretfully acknowledges that there is nothing much that he can do to change things.

There’s not much else I can say for this track. That pun wasn’t intended. Fleet Foxes aren’t one of my favourite bands, but they make good music. I can’t deny that. “He Doesn’t Know Why” is a prime example of their brilliant work.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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