Does music have value?

It isn’t often that you hear a successful musician singing the praises of illegal downloading but that’s just what Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold has been telling the Sunday Times.

Stating that “music has no inherent value”, Pecknold believes that file-sharing allows today’s acts to sample as much music as possible and “that it will only make music richer as a platform. [Downloading] was how I discovered almost everything when I was a teenager – my dad brought home a modem.”

He certainly brings up an interesting point, yet Pecknold needn’t worry about losses from piracy. Fleet Foxes’ self-titled début would eventually go Platinum in the UK. His comments come just a few weeks before the release of their much-anticipated second album, Helplessness Blues, on May 3rd. You can listen to the title track below.

Dave James

Editor-in-Chief at SquabbleBox.co.uk. Film freak, music minion, professional procrastinator, podcaster, video-maker, all around talented git.

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