Fleet Foxes and the beginning of a new era

A few days ago, the Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes has confirmed that their five-year hiatus is finally over. The group has announced that they will play at Spain’s Bilbao BBK festival, and that they are almost finished with their first album since 2011, which will be titled “Crack-up” after an essay of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Formed in 2007, Fleet Foxes has been compared to folk giants Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Bon Iver. Their first album, the self-titled “Fleet Foxes”, contains many stunningly beautiful tracks, including the well-known and beloved “Winter White Hymnal”. This album was met with critical acclaim from influential media outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Spin, while The Guardian called them a “landmark in American music” and “an instant classic”.

Since then, Fleet Foxes released an additional album titled “Helplessness Blues” that was met with a similarly positive reception, even earning them the number four spot on the Billboard 200.

After this album, however, frontman Robin Pecknold decided to go back to school to complete his undergraduate degree, and though he continued to write new material, he spent most of his time studying at Columbia University. Thankfully, after five years of radio silence, a public hungry for more Fleet Foxes has met this album announcement enthusiastically.

-Ashley Lazarski

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