Fleet Foxes Share Single “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”; New Album ‘Crack-Up’ Streaming on NPR, Out June 16

Fleet Foxes Share Single “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”; New Album ‘Crack-Up’ Streaming on NPR, Out June 16


Fleet Foxes Crack UpFor folk rock fans, the soundtrack of your summer is likely going to take shape on June 16. Not only is Kevin Morby’s City Music available on that date (you can read about that here), but it also marks the return of Fleet Foxes. A band that had become so popular in the late aughts that their name was used as an adjective, Fleet Foxes haven’t released a record since their sophomore studio album Helplessness Blues in 2011. That means devotees have been waiting six long years for Robin Pecknold’s falsetto to have a proper redressing. But come next Friday, the band’s third album, Crack-Up, will be available for download via their new label, Nonesuch Records. The crew have been teasing their return to form since March. Today, they shared “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”, which you can check out below. Tomorrow, June 8, the entire album will be streaming via NPR First Listen.

Previously, the band had shared the epic “Third of May / Ōdaigahara”, a swirling, nearly nine-minute track fueled by piano, an electric twelve-string guitar, and a string quartet, and “Fool’s Errand”, which you can watch the video for here.

Fleet Foxes plan to support the new record with an extensive tour that has them on the road into December. Next week, they’ll be in New York City for a taping of Live from the Artist’s Den on Monday, June 12 (enter to win tickets here), as well as appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (June 16), and CBS This Morning (June 17). Along with Pecknold, the band’s current lineup consists of Skyler Skjelset (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Casey Wescott (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Christian Wargo (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist). Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, served as the band’s drummer for a time. He joined up just before the release of their debut self-titled LP, which he didn’t play on, and left in 2012 after the conclusion of the band’s extensive touring for Helplessness Blues.

Crack-Up was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, and recorded in a variety of studios across the country including New York’s Electric Lady Studios and Sear Sound. You can pre-order the record here now.

CRACK-UP TRACKLIST
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
7. Mearcstapa
8. On Another Ocean (January / June)
9. Fool’s Errand
10. I Should See Memphis
11. Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes Tour Dates
June 23 | France, Lille at ‘Aéronef
June 24 | Netherlands, Ewijk at Down The Rabbit Hole
July 1 | Spain, Vilanova i la Geltrú at Vida Festival
July 3 | Italy, Ferrara at Bands Apart
July 4 | Switzerland, Montreux at Montreux Jazz Festival
July 7 | Spain, Bilbao at Bilbao BBK Live
July 8 | Portugal, Lisbon at NOS Alive Festival
July 11 | Ireland, Cork at Cork Opera House
July 13 | Ireland, Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens
July 14 | Ireland, Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens (SOLD OUT)
July 16 | United Kingdom, Southwold at Latitude Festival
July 27 | Portland, ME at Thompson’s Point
July 28 | Newport, RI at Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 29 | Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ Animal Collective
July 31 | Philadelphia, PA at Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/ Animal Collective
August 1 | Brooklyn, NY at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell (SOLD OUT)
August 2 | Brooklyn, NY at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell
August 4 | Toronto, ON at Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 5 | Toronto, ON at Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 6 | Detroit, MI at The Masonic
August 8 | Kansas City, MO at The Midland
August 11 – 13 | San Francisco, CA at Outside Lands
August 13 | Las Vegas, NV at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
August 14 | Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre
August 16 | Austin, TX at ACL Live at The Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)
August 17 | Austin, TX at ACL Live at The Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)
August 18 | Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory
September 13 | Vancouver, BC at Malkin Bowl (SOLD OUT)
September 14 | Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre (SOLD OUT)
September 15 | Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre
September 16 | Troutdale, OR at Edgefield Concerts (SOLD OUT)
September 18 | Reno, NV at Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
September 20 | Santa Barbara, CA at The Arlington Theatre
September 21 | San Diego, CA at Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
September 23 | Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl w/ Beach House
September 24 | Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theatre
September 25 | Santa Fe, NM at Santa Fe Opera
September 27 | Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Beach House (SOLD OUT)
September 29 | Omaha, NE at Waiting Room Outdoors
September 30 | St. Paul, MN at The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
October 1 | St. Paul, MN at Palace Theatre
October 3 | Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)
October 4 | Chicago IL at Chicago Theatre
November 1-5 | Reykjavik, Iceland at Iceland Airwaves
November 7 | Switzerland, Zurich at X-tra
November 8 | Austria, Vienna at Gasometer
November 9 | Croatia, Zagreb at Tvornica Kulture
November 12 | Germany, Hamburg at Docks
November 13 | Germany, Berlin at Columbiahalle
November 17 | Belgium, Brussels at Ancienne Belgique
November 18 | Belgium, Brussels at Ancienne Belgique
November 20 | France, Paris at Le Trianon
December 1 | Germany, Köln at Live Music Hall
December 03 | Sweden, Stockholm at Annexet (SOLD OUT)
December 04 | Sweden, Stockholm at Annexet
December 05 | Norway, Oslo at Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT)
December 06 | Norway, Oslo at Sentrum Scene

Photo credit: Shawn Brackbill