Like exactly where it left off. Pitchfork reports: “On June 16, Fleet Foxes release Crack-Up, their first new album in six years. According to frontman Robin Pecknold, they pick up literally where they left off on Helplessness Blues. On the Fleet Foxes subreddit, a fan suggested that Helplessness Blues’ closer “Grown Ocean” seemed “slightly incomplete,” and that the lyrics “feel like they end too soon, that a final chord or line is missing that would tie things up.” For those reasons, the fan theorized that the new record will begin on an F note “so that Helplessness Blues blends seamlessly into it” and “bridges two albums made six years apart.” Pecknold has confirmed the theory: “First note on new album is F for exactly this reason, first main song chord is Bb / F for this reason too, never thought anyone would think about it besides me but you nailed it!”
Fleet Foxes have thus far released one song from Crack-Up: “Third of May / Ōdaigahara.” Following its release, Pecknold annotated the lyrics on Genius. Find the band’s upcoming tour dates here.
Read our new interview, “Robin Pecknold Talks New Fleet Foxes Album and Going Back to School,” on the Pitch.” (which is not Pitchfork’s colloquial name for their whole site but it should be)