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At last, Fleet Foxes are back with their first new music in six years. Their new album is called Crack-Up, and it’s coming on June 16 via Nonesuch. Frontman Robin Pecknold wrote all 11 tracks on the follow-up to their excellent 2011 album Helplessness Blues, and produced the record with bandmate Skyler Skjelset. The band have also shared a new nine-minute track, “Third of May / Ōdaigahara.” Watch the song’s lyric video, created by Sean Pecknold and Adi Goodrich, below. Scroll down for the Crack-Up tracklist and artwork, and find a playlist of Pecknold’s Crack-Up inspirations here. And in his first interview about the new album, Robin Pecknold talked with Pitchfork about going back to school, the album title, changing labels, and more. Read it here.
This May, Fleet Foxes will play their first show in six years during a four-night stint at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (as part of VIVID Live). Today, they’ve also announced a string of North American tour dates. They will perform select shows with Animal Collective (including a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion) and Beach House (including a Hollywood Bowl performance). The new dates join a few previously announced festival dates, including their headlining set at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. Find their itinerary below.
Crack-Up was recorded at various studios across the country (including Electric Lady in NYC) between July 2016 and January 2017. Phil Ek mixed the album, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi. Fleet Foxes’ current lineup is Pecknold, Skjelset, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and Morgan Henderson. Pre-orders of the album from Nonesuch include an exclusive, limited-edition print of artwork by Hiroshi Hamaya. The album title is partially inspired by an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay of the same name.
After the release of Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes quietly slipped into a hiatus. Frontman Robin Pecknold went to college, composed music for an Off-Broadway play, started work on a solo record, and occasionally shared new music. Today’s album announcement follows a long series of hints and teasers.
Fleet Foxes placed at No. 14 on Pitchfork’s “The 50 Best Indie Rock Albums of the Pacific Northwest.” Find the full list here.
01 I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
02 Cassius, –
03 – Naiads, Cassadies
04 Kept Woman
05 Third of May / Ōdaigahara
06 If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
08 On Another Ocean (January / June)
09 Fool’s Errand
10 I Should See Memphis
05-26-29 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
07-01 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain – Vida Festival
07-03 Ferrara, Italy – Piazza Castello
07-07 Bilbao, Spain – Bilboa BBK Live
07-13 Dublin, Ireland – Iveagh Gardens
07-14 Dublin, Ireland – Iveagh Gardens
07-16 Southwold, England – Latitude Festival
07-27 Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point
07-28 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
07-29 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07-31 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
08-01 Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (Prospect Park Bandshell)
08-04 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
08-06 Detroit, MI – The Detroit Masonic Temple
09-23 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl @
09-27 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @
* with Animal Collective
@ with Beach House
Watch Fleet Foxes do “Grown Ocean” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2011: