By now you are probably all aware that J. Tillman has indeed resigned as drummer of Fleet Foxes.
This to me doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I dwelled on his longevity as a band member in a review of their last album ‘Helplessness Blues’, and it seems my prediction has come to fruition. As a solo musician he’d always volunteered himself as support act to the band, and whilst a distinctively talented drummer, being center stage is what he ultimately craves. “Back into the gaping maw of obscurity I go” he wrote on his Tumblr blog 2 days ago.
Furthermore, coincidentally, or not, news of a side project featuring other Fleet Foxes band members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott has risen from Tillman’s ashes. Unlike Tillman, these two haven’t actually left Fleet Foxes for good, but will be dedicating their recent efforts to a new Seattle group called Poor Moon, who recently signed to Bella Union in the UK and Sub Pop in the USA.
Poor Moon? Poor Robin.
Download ‘People in Her Mind’ from their Illusion EP, out March 27 on Sub Pop/Bella Union, below.
-James Godwin, January 20th, 2011