"White Winter Hymnal," from the band's debut album, Fleet Foxes, epitomizes their sound: open and melodic arrangements, chiming four-part harmonies (lots of "oohing" and "ahhing") and primarily acoustic instrumentation. ... Pecknold's lyrics, though, stray farther from basic pop tropes. Pecknold wrote "White Winter Hymnal" about friends who ditched him when he was in middle school. "The songs are written from personal experience," he says. "There are no love songs."
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