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It’s been six years since folk band Fleet Foxes released their sophomore album Helplessness Blues, but today the band not only announced their next record, but dropped their first single as well.
Crack-Up is set to be released on June 16, with the five-piece band debuting the ambitious “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” today. Playing like a cacophony of different songs melded together, the nine-minute track is a rollercoaster of emotions, with moments of booming sound met with complete silence. Guitar solos are contrasted with harp solos, with moments of traditional rock band instruments accentuated with a string orchestra.
Named after the Ōdaigahara Mountain in Japan, the single was released today along with a lyric video set to a soothing video of colour splotches moving on an off-white canvas.
Fans who saw Fleet Foxes in concert over the past year may have been privy to a preview of the album, with leader singer Robin Pecknold performing a number of the new tracks, including “Mearcstapa” during a show in the Netherlands.
Pecknold wrote Crack-Up and co-produced the disc with fellow Fleet Foxes member Skyler Skjelset. It’s unclear as to whether drummer Josh Tillman, who performed as his alter ego Father John Misty on SNL last weekend, will be back for the new album and tour.
Fleet Foxes will embark on a tour across Australia, Europe and the U.S., with one Canadian date on August 4 in Toronto (full list of dates here).
Crack-Up is set to be released on June 16, but fans who pre-order the album will also get an exclusive, limited-edition Hiroshi Hamaya print.
1. “I Am All That I Need/ Arroyo Seco/ Thumbprint Scar”
2. “Cassius, -”
3. “- Naiads, Cassadies”
4. “Kept Woman”
5. “Third of May/ Ōdaigahara”
6. “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”
8. “On Another Ocean (January/ June)”
9. “Fool’s Errand”
10. “I Should See Memphis”