Seattle folk outfit Fleet Foxes have recorded the year's most beautiful album with Helplessness Blues (out May 3), landing them on the cover of SPIN's May issue. For the photo shoot, Dan Martensen traveled to the band's hometown to capture them in their element: Bear Creek Studios, where frontman Robin Pecknold and Co. recorded part of the record.
"It's this thrown-together bohemian cabin and I dove right into their habitat," Martensen says. "The photos have a behind-the-scenes vibe. This is Fleet Foxes in their foxhole."
Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During the band's live shows, the multi-hyphenate artist (synthesizer, bass, guitar, clarinet, and hell, even the glockenspiel) avoids the spotlight while throwing out enough manic energy — howling in one moment,… More »