Fleet Foxes are “alllllmost done” with their new album, which they’ll support with a return to the stage in 2017.
Frontman Robin Pecknold has been at work on the follow-up to 2011’s Helplessness Blues for the last several months, a process which he’s documented on social media. On Monday, the band’s Facebook was updated with Hiroshi Hamaya’s historic photographic “Eruption at Mount Tokachi, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, 1962,” as Pitchfork points out. Asked in the comments’ section about the status of their new album, the band replied, “Alllllmost done.”
A short time later, Fleet Foxes confirmed their first live appearance in five years, an appearance at Spain’s Bilbao BBK Festival next July. Further dates will be announced shortly.
Pecknold has indicated that the new album will be titled Crack-Up, named after an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay of the same name. He’s described the music as “crazy/vast” and “a different vibe” from “2008-2011 FF.”
All the while, Pecknold has also been working on a new solo album. He also recently gifted one of his trademark sweaters to a longtime fan.