Fleet Foxes’s self titled debut album has won the Uncut Music Award.
The album beat off competition from the likes of Radiohead and Nationwide Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow.
A 12-strong panel of music industry guru's awarded the accolade. DJ Mark Radcliffe, one of the judges, said of the winning album, “I think it’s an extraordinary piece of work, and a worthy first winner of the prize. It’s a beautiful vocal creation, a record that seems to have echoes of all kinds of indigenous American music, but also African music and even medieval strains. All the songs on the album are absolutely brilliant, and it just has a magical, ethereal quality.”
Uncut editor Allan Jones says, “Fleet Foxes are a group who impressed everybody thoroughly for all the right reasons. It’s a record that I think is unique to this year, and will remain unique for many years to come. It came out of nowhere, you couldn’t have predicted its existence.”