Pecknold had a melody and the lyrics, but when he tried to sing it, his attempts to pitch his voice up an octave to match the mourning-type tone of the music made him sound strange. So Pecknold recruited Uwade Akhare, a student at his alma mater, Columbia University, to handle vocals.
"A friend of mine sent me a video of her singing the Fleet Foxes song 'Mykonos
,'" Pecknold explained. "I thought, that voice, the texture's perfect, the ease of it is perfect, that's exactly the voice that should be singing this one thing I'd written that I was a little confused by."