Fleet Foxes have released the third song from their highly anticipated new album Crack-Up, titled “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me.” The album will stream in its entirety via NPR First Listen beginning tomorrow, June 8, and become widely available via Nonesuch Records on Friday, June 16. Fleet Foxes will perform on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertFriday, June 16 and on CBS This Morning Saturday, June 17.
Fleet Foxes previously released two tracks off of Crack-Up, both to critical praise. The first, “Third of May / Ōdaigahara”, is a nearly nine-minute epic powered by piano and electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and the group’s trademark sparkling harmonies. The second is “Fool’s Errand”, featuring an eerie and beautiful music video directed by Sean Pecknold, with art direction by Adi Goodrich and produced by Society.
‘A rich, ideas-driven record which pulls off a pretty unlikely feat: infusing Fleet Foxes’ music with the same sense of transcendence and beauty that they managed the first time, now delivered with an added sense of expansive musical ambition. Confirms that rarest of achievements: a group somehow hanging on to the essence of who they are, while pushing their art into thrillingly unforeseen places.’ –Q Magazine
“At a time when indie-rock seems to be growing more culturally marginal by the day, ‘Crack-Up’ is a defiant artistic statement, an album that dares to feel important.” – The New York Times
“Fleet Foxes’ new full-length record, is chiefly concerned with finding peace amid chaos. It’s also more dissonant and plainly mesmeric than anything the band has made before, and filled with these beautiful little half-admissions of inadequacy.” – Pitchfork
“Adventurous, excellent” – Rolling Stone
“Likely to be the most remarkable album you will hear this year… the return of one of the most original bands of this century.” – The Times
“No matter how much he experiments, Pecknold can’t completely run away from his obvious strengths. The album’s most stirring moments are those trademark vocal blasts …” – Relix
“The band shakes off its penchant for baroque arrangements for a string of two- and three-part epics with sudden shifts in tone, while singer Robin Pecknold peppers personal reflection with musings on beautiful mountains and cryptozoological wonders like nymphs and monsters. It looks heavy on paper, but in headphones, Crack-Up is light as a warm afternoon breeze. “ – Vulture
“Astonishing. Crack-Up may be the most anticipated release of the year, a welcome return. Ambitious, mature, meticulous.” – Uncut
Fleet Foxes recently kicked off a massive international tour with a series of intimate shows in the Pacific Northwest. The band was warmly welcomed back to the stage by what Seattle Weekly described as “a rapt, adoring crowd.” The Seattle Times noted of their return, “It’s almost unheard of for a band to disappear for this long, and then come back as big as ever.” The following week the band opened this year’s Vivid Live festival with four sold out nights at the Sydney Opera House, described by The Australian as “a spellbinding display of Fleet Foxes’ originality and vocal and instrumental dexterity.” All dates are listed below.
Fleet Foxes 2017 International Tour Dates
*Most North American venues will offer ticket buyers the ability to add the new album to their purchase as an LP, CD, or digital pre-order.